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Putin says Russia willing to discuss resuming Ukraine’s grain exports

Moscow, May 28 (EFE).- Russian president Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Moscow was willing to discuss ways to resume the shipment of Ukraine’s grains exports from Black Sea ports, the Kremlin reported.

Putin made the remarks in a phone conversation with French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Olaf Scholz, in which he said Moscow was ready to resume peace talks with Kyiv.

“Russia is ready to help find options for unhampered exports of grain, including exports of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

The Russian president also told Macron and Scholz Russia was ready to increase supplies of fertilizers and agricultural products to help reduce tension on the global food market.

This would however, “require removing the relevant restrictions,” the Kremlin said, referring to the economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the West.

“Putin explained the real reasons for the difficulties with food supplies, which were the result of the misguided economic and financial policies of Western countries, as well as the anti-Russian sanctions they imposed,” the Kremlin said.

The Russian president also warned against the “dangerous ongoing pumping of Ukraine with Western weapons” that he said risked the “further destabilization of the situation and aggravation of the humanitarian crisis.” EFE


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