July 7, 2022

Russia demands sanctions be lifted in exchange for release of vessels carrying food from Ukraine

Russia said ships carrying food from Ukraine could be granted humanitarian passage if some economic sanctions are lifted.

“We have repeatedly stated on this point that a solution to the food problem requires a comprehensive approach, including the lifting of sanctions that have been imposed on Russian exports and financial transactions,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko was quoted as saying, according to the Interfax news agency.

“And, it also requires the demining by the Ukrainian side of all ports where ships are anchored. Russia is ready to provide the necessary humanitarian passage, which it does every day,” he said.

The official said a possible escort by Western ships of Ukraine’s vessels carrying grain would “seriously exacerbate the situation in the Black Sea,” and told news agency RIA that it is in touch with the United Nations.

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Source: FOX News : World

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