British Foreign Secretary: The issue of the blockade of Ukrainian grain should be resolved next month

British Foreign Secretary: The issue of the blockade of Ukrainian grain should be resolved next month

Liz Truss accuses putin of turning hunger into a weapon

British Foreign Secretary: The issue of the blockade of Ukrainian grain should be resolved next month

The crisis around grain trapped in Ukraine must be resolved in the next month ahead of the new harvest, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said today during a visit to Ankara, Sky News reports.

Speaking at a press conference alongside Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Truss accused russia of “turning hunger into a weapon” and using food security as a “callous tool of war” with its blockade of Ukrainian grain.

She assured that the UK and Turkey were “working together”, in particular to get the grain out of Ukraine.

“putin is turning hunger into a weapon. He is using food security as a callous tool of war. He has blocked Ukrainian ports, and is stopping 20 million tonnes of grain being exported across the globe,” Liz Truss told reporters at a joint news conference.

“I'm here in Turkey to discuss the plan to get the grain out, supported by the UN. We're clear that commercial vessels need to have safe passage to be able to leave Ukrainian ports, and that Ukrainian ports should be protected from russian attacks,” she emphasized.

“We support the UN talks, but russia cannot be allowed to delay and prevaricate. It's urgent that action is taken within the next month ahead of the new harvest. And we're determined to work with our allies to deliver this,” she stated

For its part, Turkey promised to create “safety zones” for Ukrainian grain outside Ukrainian waters.

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