NEW GRAIN CORRIDOR Zelensky,discuss with Bulgaria's Denkov, Greeck's Mitsotakis, and Croatia's Plenkovic

Ukrinform Ukrainian multimedia platform for broadcasting - 8/23/2023 3:30:00 PM

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President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Nikolai Denkov the situation in the Black Sea region, including the functioning of the "grain corridor".
The meeting was held within the framework of the Ukraine-Balkans summit, which took place in Athens, the press service of the Ukrainian head of state reports.

Zelensky thanked Denkov for comprehensive support to Ukraine in the fight against the Russian aggressor, including for the recent decisions of the Bulgarian government to provide defense assistance.

The Ukrainian president and the prime Minister of Bulgaria discussed further cooperation for the protection of the war-torn nation.

According to President's Office, the interlocutors paid special attention to the situation in the Black Sea region. The cooperation of countries in the Black Sea region was discussed in order to guarantee stable security in the Black Sea and the functioning of the alternative paths for grain exports.

"I am grateful to Bulgaria for condemning Russia's unilateral withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Ukraine is ready to use alternative ways for the "grain corridor." We count on Bulgaria's support in this regard," said Zelensky.

He also thanked Denkov for supporting the Ukrainian Peace Formula and the readiness of the Bulgarian side to participate in the implementation of its specific clauses.

The head of state also noted Bulgaria's accession to the Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine adopted by the G7 countries at the NATO Summit in Vilnius.

The Bulgarian Prime Minister, for his part, reaffirmed his principled support for the Crimea Platform, the third summit of which will be held in Kyiv on August 23, 2023.


Ukraine creates alternative "grain corridor" in the Black Sea - ZelenskyUkraine has created an alternative corridor for grain transportation through the Black Sea but the nation needs to further strengthen its air defense capabilities.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said this at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece, Ukrinform reports.

"Ukraine has created an alternative grain corridor in the Black Sea. It can work," the head of state said.

At the same time, he emphasized that in order for the operation to be stable, Ukraine needs to strengthen its "air shield".

"This is important for the Black Sea region, in particular for our city of Odesa. And this can be a historic contribution on the part of Greece to the overall European security, if you help us with protecting the Black Sea water area and with regard to air defense capabilities," the president stressed.

He added that he offered his counterpart several options on how this could be done.

Zelensky also reported that Greek companies are ready to participate in the transportation of Ukrainian grain, noting that Ukraine is counting on it.

As reported, President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Greece on Monday. Prior to that, he visited Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden.


Zelensky discusses situation on battlefield, grain export with Plenkovic
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the situation on the battlefield and the Ukrainian offensive, the preparation of the energy system and air defense for the heating season, and the transportation of Ukrainian grain with Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic.
The meeting was held at the Ukraine-Balkans summit in Athens, the President's Office informs.

In particular, Zelensky talked about the situation on the battlefield, the offensive of the Ukrainian army and the problems it faces. He also briefed Plenkovic on preparation of the Ukrainian energy system and air defense for the autumn-winter period.

The President thanked Croatia for preparing a new defense package for Ukraine, which will contain important components. The parties discussed the further development of bilateral defense cooperation.

The Head of State informed the Prime Minister of Croatia in detail about Russia's illegal blockade of navigation in the Black Sea and heavy Russian missile strikes on Ukraine's port infrastructure which endanger global food security.


Ukraine exports over 3.6M t of grains, pulses

In the 2023/2024 marketing year (MY) (from July 1 to August 21, 2023), Ukraine exported 3.6 million tonnes of grains and legumes.
According to Ukrinform, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reported this.

In the current MY Ukraine has already exported 1.5 million tonnes of wheat, 422,000 tonnes of barley, 600 tonnes of rye, and 1.7 million tonnes of corn.