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Why Russia Will Be Reticent to Unblock Ukraine’s Grain Exports

MIN READJun 14, 2022 | 16:56 GMT

Wheat grows in a farm field about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the front line of battle between Russian and Ukrainian troops near Sloviansk, Ukraine.

Wheat grows in a farm field about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the front line of a battle between Russian and Ukrainian troops near Sloviansk, Ukraine.

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Even if talks on ending Russia’s naval blockade of Ukraine to allow grain exports via the Black Sea continue, major obstacles to an agreement and its implementation mean that Ukraine’s grain exports will remain strained, maintaining pressure on global food prices and fueling war fatigue in the West and around the world. On June 8, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met in Ankara where, among other topics, they discussed measures to create a sea lane to resume Ukraine's grain exports via the Black Sea as a part of a U.N.-backed effort to address the global food crisis. According to reports, Turkey is open to an agreement that would involve Turkish warships demining Ukrainian ports and creating a safe passage for ships carrying wheat and other products from Ukrainian waters. While the two foreign ministers expressed optimism that the plan was feasible, no agreement was...

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