Sep 30, 2022

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Ukraine blasts African Union’s stance on demining Odesa port

Ukraine has accused the African Union of not condemning Russia for the ongoing war on its territory and instead demanding that Kyiv remove mines in its waters at the port of Odessa to facilitate grain exports to Africa.

Foreign policy spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said Ukraine’s legitimate security concerns must be respected and went on to warn that Russia “could take advantage of demining”.

Last week, the AU leader urged Senegalese President Macky Sall urged Ukraine to remove the explosive mines from the coast to allow safe passage of goods to Africa.

Read:AU chairmen calls on Ukraine to mine Odessa to facilitate wheat export

Mr Sall had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he said had promised him “export facilitation”.

Moscow u had urged Ukraine to demine the waters around the Ukrainian-controlled port of Odessa to allow the export of the blocked grain, but Kyiv has refused for fear of a Russian attack.

“ It should be clear to any objective observer that he [President Sall] should have instead demanded that Russia simply end this senseless war,” argued Mr Nikolenko.

Ukraine wants military support and naval patrols on its southern coast and protect export routes to Africa to start shipping food to the continent again, he said.

Export routes

After meeting the Russian leader, President Sall said Mr Putin offered two alternatives to the export freeze – either through the Black Sea port of Odessa, “which is difficult because Ukrainians have to clear mines,” or through the Russian-controlled port of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov.

< p>Read:AU chief says ‘reassured’ about food shortages after talks with Putin

Africa faces spike in food prices and possible famine as Ukraine fails to export food can get to the continent.

“The Russian army is destroying critical agricultural infrastructure, blockading Ukraine’s seaports and gr Ain terminals, and rocket attacks on Ukraine’s southern agricultural regions. Russia is also stealing grain from the Ukrainian territories it has taken by force,” Mr Nikolenko said end devastating war.”

Explosive Prices

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Western sanctions have disrupted grain shipments from the two countries and stoked fears of hunger around the world. In Africa, grain prices are already skyrocketing due to the collapse in exports.

Russia and Ukraine produce 30 percent of the world wheat supply.

But the grain stays in the ports of Ukraine because of the Russian Blockade while Western sanctions on Moscow disrupted exports from Russia.

Read:Why AU calls for peace talks to end war between Russia and Ukraine

< p>Ukraine has proposed a three-point plan to the African Union that would allow its seaports to be unblocked. One of these is the withdrawal of Russian naval forces from the Black Sea and Sea of ​​Azov, the deployment of military equipment to protect coasts, and an international naval mission to patrol export routes.

“We call on the President to Macky Sall and the African Union to use their influence over Russia to persuade it to end its senseless hostilities. Ending the war will free up 22 million tons of grain stuck in seaports and avert a food crisis in Africa and beyond.”