** The Ukrainian President during the “Grains from Ukraine” forum:
– European Union countries seek to impose new sanctions on Moscow with the aim of reducing the price of Russian oil to $65 a barrel
– We demand that the sanctions be effective and that the limits (limit the price of a barrel of Russian oil) be at the level of 30-40 dollars so that Russia feels the consequences of these sanctions.
On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his country would export 12 million tons of grain products to 40 countries as part of an agreement to ship grain across the Black Sea.
This came in Zelensky’s speech at the “Grains from Ukraine” forum hosted by the capital, Kyiv, with the participation of European leaders, in which he talked about developments in the ongoing war with Russia.
He stressed that the Russian war on his country caused global famines, saying: “We will not allow hunger and thirst to affect millions of people around the world.”
Zelinsky pointed out that Ukraine is one of the most important countries exporting grain products to the world, and that his country continues to export grain to various countries despite all the difficulties in order to avoid famines.
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He noted the initiative to ship grain across the Black Sea, and that ships loaded with millions of tons of grain left Ukrainian ports to various parts of the world to prevent a possible hunger crisis.
He added, “Nearly 500 ships have left our ports to date (Saturday), and this means exporting 12 million tons of agricultural products to 40 countries.”
Zelensky expressed his thanks to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, for their tireless efforts in reaching an agreement to ship grain across the Black Sea.
He pointed out that the European Union countries are seeking to impose new sanctions on Moscow with the aim of reducing the price of Russian oil to $65 a barrel. Zelensky considered that these penalties are insufficient.
He added, “Russia will reap tens of billions as a result of this, and we demand that the sanctions be effective and that the limits (the limit for the price of a barrel of Russian oil) be at the level of 30-40 dollars so that Russia feels the consequences of these sanctions.”
On November 17, President Erdogan announced the extension of the grain agreement for 120 days, starting from the 19th of the same month.
On July 22, Turkey, the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea, which were suspended last February due to the Russian-Ukrainian war.