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US Raises Volume of Ukrainian Grain Imports by 800%

Sun 17 Sep 2023 | 06:32 AM
Taarek Refaat

USAID Director Samantha Power confirmed that the United States and its Western allies, after Russia's withdrawal from the grain deal, increased the volume of Ukrainian grain supplies by 800%.

Power said during a discussion organized by Foreign Policy magazine: “Since last July ... we have been able to increase the flow of food from Ukraine via alternative routes (rivers, railways, and land) by 800%.”

The grain deal ended on July 18, and Russia informed Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Nations of its opposition to extending the deal in its current form.

In his speech before the plenary session of the Russian-African Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated that Russia participated in the grain deal, taking into account the necessity of implementing obligations related to eliminating illegal obstacles to the supply of Russian grains and fertilizers to the global market, but these conditions were not implemented.

Putin confirmed that the West exported most of the Ukrainian grains to its countries, although the main goal of the deal was to supply grains to countries in need, including African countries, which was never achieved.

In turn, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin indicated the possibility of resuming the grain deal “in a new format,” but this requires taking concrete measures on the part of Western countries.

It is known that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks in the Russian city of Sochi on the issue on September 4.