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As the price of wheat after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine rose to the top of 14 years,
Britain is taking action to protect cargo ships carrying Ukrainian grain.
This has come after Dozens of container ships are blocked in Ukrainian ports that are surrounded by Russian forces, choking off exports of wheat, sunflower oil and other foodstuffs, as well as fertiliser for crop.
It has been reported that Britain has been meeting with its allies to send warships to the Black Sea to protect Ukrainian grain freighters. The British daily the Times wrote in this move that Britain aims to break Russia’s blockade within weeks by creating a “protective corridor” in the Bosphorus of Istanbul from Odesa.
The UK is in talks with allies including Lithuania about the formation of an “alliance of the willing” to help lift the Russian blockade of Ukraine’s ports.
“In concertation with the UN, we are working to create a safe conduct for Ukrainian boats transporting grain,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in New York.
Recently, the United States also announced that Russia is working on a plan to send long-range ships to Ukraine to break its blockade over the ports and prevent an upcoming food crisis.
Turkey is trying to act as a mediator with Russian President Vladimir Putin but Francois Heisbourg of the Paris-based Foundation for Strategic Research said broader support was needed for a UN resolution that would force Moscow to accept a naval corridor.
British Foreign Minister Liz Truss has also been quoted as knocking on the door of some NATO countries regarding the corridor project from the Bosphorus raised by Britain to Odysseus. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis also said that countries dependent on grain exports are expected to be part of the plan.
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