Q: What do Europe and France intend to do following the suspension of Russia’s participation in the grain agreement? Where will you export grain from?
A: Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna made this statement yesterday: By suspending its participation in the implementation of the agreement that allows Ukrainian grain to be exported via the Black Sea, Russia bears responsibility for worsening the global food crisis caused by its aggression against Ukraine, which primarily affects the most vulnerable countries. That is why France calls on Russia to reverse its decision, comply with the terms of this agreement and renew it when it expires on November 19.
As for the European Union, it will continue its “solidarity lanes” program, which allows for the overland export of Ukrainian grain. Over half of the Ukrainian grain that is needed for global food security has been able to leave Ukraine in this fashion.