Croatia offered its rail network and ports on the Adriatic Sea as an alternative export route for Ukrainian grain during a session at the U.N. General Assembly on July 18.
“Croatia is ready to help” said the State Secretary for Political Affairs Frano Matušić, adding that “Croatian railways and ports in the Adriatic Sea are one of the possible alternative routes.”
Russia dealt a significant blow to global food security on July 17 by announcing its withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
The deal, brokered by Turkey and the U.N. in July 2022, allowed Ukraine to continue exporting its agricultural products through the Black Sea during the full-scale invasion.
Ukraine is one of the world’s largest grain suppliers and the agreement has played a crucial role in stabilizing food prices worldwide amid a surge caused, in part, by Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine.
According to Reuters, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Bulgaria will jointly ask the EU on July 19 to prolong the ban on Ukrainian agricultural imports beyond Sep. 15. They are still obligated to transport these products elsewhere.
Croatia, a NATO and EU member, has supported Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression.
The support provided by Croatia’s government stands in contrast with the stances of the country’s President Zoran Milanović, who has criticized Western sanctions against Russia and denounced arms supplies for Ukraine.
Source : Kyiv Independent