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20.05.2022

Embassy comment on recent accusations against Russia of creating a threat of a global food crisis

Recent accusations against Russia of creating a threat of a global food crisis by not letting cargo ships with grain out of Odessa and other Ukrainian ports have nothing to do with reality.

The situation in the Black Sea is at the centre of attention of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), headquartered here in London. According to the information of the IMO Secretariat at the beginning of the special military operation there were 94 ships with approximately 2000 crew members in Ukrainian ports. Today, 84 ships remain blocked there with around 200 crew members who maintain the ships. These vessels and crew simply cannot leave the ports.

As early as the end of March, Russia has opened a humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea to enable exit of ships from Ukrainian ports. It starts after the Ukrainian territorial sea ends. Its length is 80 miles, width – 3 miles. The corridor is opened daily. According to available information, not a single ship was able to use the corridor, despite the fact that requests for its use have been received by the relevant bodies both in Russia and Ukraine (for example from the ship “Joseph Schulte” under the flag of Hong Kong).

In order to use the corridor, all parties concerned need to be involved. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian side is consistently showing signs that it will not make any effective steps to ensure safe passage through its area. Ukraine has announced Security level 3 as per the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. This measure prohibits entry and exit of trade vessels from the Ukrainian ports.

This measure is «supplemented» by the Ukrainian mining of the ports and adjacent waters. Moreover, this was done so chaotically that there are no mine maps available. For some time, the Ukrainian IMO delegation claimed that all the mines in the Black Sea were Russian. It was only during the IMO Secretary-General briefing on 12 April that the Ukrainian delegate confirmed the intentional mining of their own ports. In addition to the mines, there are sunken barges, cranes and other large-size objects on the approaches to the ports. In essence, civilian ships and their crew blocked in Ukrainian ports are held hostage by the Kiev regime and are used as «shield».

Furthermore, in any contacts, the Ukrainians are linking the ships’ departure from their ports with cessation of hostilities and complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukrainian territory.

Russia is taking the necessary measures to guarantee safe passage of civilian vessels in both Black and Azov seas. Russian military personnel could begin the mine-clearing of the ports. However, Kiev is avoiding any form of interaction, including with ship owners, in order to address the issue of safe passage of vessels to the humanitarian corridor assembly area.

It is clear that in the absence of a decision on this crucial issue, maritime export of Ukrainian grain is out of the question.

 

20 May 2022, 17:50




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