Ukraine has always been and strives to remain a reliable guarantor of food security for African countries. Ukraine calls on them to join forces to guarantee food exports from Ukraine after Russia’s withdrawal from the Grain Deal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said during a conversation with the permanent representatives of the African Group at the UN.

“By withdrawing from the Grain Deal, Russia endangered the lives of millions of people around the world, primarily in Africa and Asia. I sincerely believe that our close relations, partnership, and active interaction can help solve many problems, in particular, those related to the export of Ukrainian grains to the world market,” the Minister said.

Kuleba noted that grain could be transported by road and rail to ports in Romania, Bulgaria, and Poland. But even with an increase in supply volumes, it is impossible to cover the necessary grain needs on the world market in such ways.

The Minister emphasised that the food security issue of other countries will always be a priority for Ukraine, taking into account our own tragic past of the Holodomor-genocide of 1932-1933: “We will always do our best to help other people in the world avoid hunger,” he said.

The Minister called on all African countries to work together on the implementation of the Peace Formula proposed by the President of Ukraine.

“Peace must be restored on the basis of the principles of the UN Charter and the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly. Today, the only document that complies with UN principles and resolutions is President Zelensky’s Peace Formula. We call on you to take an active part in its implementation and bring a just and lasting peace in Ukraine closer,” he stressed.

Natalia Tolub

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