Ukraine, Croatia agree on use of Croatian ports for grain exports

The UN-brokered deal expired on July 17
calendar icon 1 August 2023
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Ukraine and Croatia have agreed on the possibility of using Croatian ports on the Danube and the Adriatic Sea for the export of Ukrainian grain, Reuters reported, citing Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba after talks with his Croatian counterpart on Monday.

Russia quit the UN-brokered Black Sea grain deal this month, depriving Ukraine, a global producer, of a vital conduit to safely export its agricultural products during the war.

"Now we will work to establish the most efficient routes to these ports and make the most of this opportunity," Kuleba said after meeting Grlic Radman in Kyiv.

"Every contribution to unblocking export, every door opened is a real, effective contribution to the world's food security," he said.

Ukraine currently relies on land export routes via the European Union as well as an alternative route via the Danube River. Russia attacked infrastructure along the latter route earlier this month.

Kuleba said the main subject of his talks with his Croatian counterpart were weapons.

"I will only say that there are specific agreements that will be implemented soon," he said without providing details.

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