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Zelenskyy: NATO Ukraine council to discuss grain dispute

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the newly created NATO-Ukraine Council should discuss the situation in the Black Sea. In particular, the establishment of a corridor for Ukrainian grain exports should be discussed, Zelenskyy said in his evening video address. The consultation will take place in the coming days.

He spoke about this with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Initially, no statement was made by NATO. Stoltenberg had previously criticized Russia’s withdrawal from the international agreement on grain exports in the Black Sea.

“We strongly condemn Moscow’s attempt to use food as a weapon,” Stoltenberg said after a phone call with Zelensky. Allies would support Ukraine for as long as necessary.

appeal from china

Meanwhile, China urged Moscow and Kiev to reach an agreement quickly. China’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geng Shuang recently called on the UN Security Council to resume grain and fertilizer exports from Russia and Ukraine as soon as possible.

Beijing hopes that those affected will work with the relevant UN bodies to find a balanced solution to the legitimate concerns of all parties, Geng said at the meeting in New York, according to a report on Chinese state television. This is necessary to ensure international food security.