Baltic states want to help distribute Ukraine's grain

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said July 25 that the Baltic states want to help send Ukraine's grain around the world and will call on the European Commission for help in making it happen.

In a social media post, Landsbergis said:

As reported by international media, Russia recently unilaterally left a deal that was designed to deliver Ukrainian grain to the rest of the world and intensified attacks on Ukrainian ports, thereby placing the food security of many of the world's poor in extreme jeopardy.

As reported by Lithuanian public media LRT on July 25, in a joint letter on Monday, Landsbergis plus Lithuanian Transport and Communications Minister Marius Skuodis, and Agriculture Minister Kęstutis Navickas called on the European Commission to strengthen Ukraine’s alternative grain export route through the Baltic states. 

According to LRT, the letter was sent to the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, EC Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, European Transport Commissioner Adina Valean and European Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski. It states that Russia's decision to withdraw from the Black Sea Grain Initiative and to bomb the Ukrainian port of Odesa “may profoundly impact the already delicate food security situation in the affected countries”.

The ministers underlined that the transport route between Ukraine and the Baltic states may serve “as a viable and trusted alternative route” for the shipment of Ukrainian grain. Improving the corridor infrastructure and facilitating the handling of freight between the different rail gauges would help increase transport capacity, they added.

“The infrastructure of the Baltic states (ports, railways, and road transport) can serve as a viable and trusted alternative route for transit of Ukrainian products, including grain. The railway and road infrastructure, and the five seaports of the Baltic States, in particular (Tallinn, Riga, Ventspils, Liepāja, and Klaipėda), have a combined annual capacity of 25 million tons for grain alone,” the letter reads.


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