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The leaders of Russia, France and Germany held a telephone conversation in which Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his willingness to find the necessary ways to export grain from Ukraine, according to the Kremlin after the conversation ended.
“Russia is ready to find ways for unhindered export of grain from Ukraine, including Ukrainian grain from ports located on the Black Sea.” These would have been Putin’s words to his interlocutors Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron. At the same time, the head of the Kremlin explained, according to his perspective, to the German and French leaders the “real reasons” for the difficulties with food supplies. In this sense, the Russian president assured that the current situation is due to “erroneous economic and financial policies” and the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia. In this same sense, Putin pointed out that the increase in the supply of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products would help reduce tensions in the food market.
The danger of continuing to send weapons to Ukraine
In the same dialogue, Putin made a warning about sending weapons to Ukraine from the West. In the same tone as the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoli Antonov, had already done, the Russian president warned of “the danger of continuing to flood Ukraine with Western weapons and warned of the risk of a future destabilization of the situation and an aggravation of the humanitarian crisis,” the Kremlin said in a statement. Putin also stated that Russia is ready to resume negotiations with Ukraine, whose first round was held exactly three months ago without the parties having managed to reach any agreement since then.