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Macron proposed UN vote to Putin to lift Odesa port blockade

PoliticsMacron proposed UN vote to Putin to lift Odesa port blockade

Paris (The Times Groupe)- French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to take the issue of lifting the blockade of the port of Odesa to the UN, in order to allow Ukrainian cereals stuck there to be exported.

Macron told reporters after the EU summit in Brussels, which adopted the sixth package of sanctions against Russia for its war against Ukraine, that he hoped for an agreement with Moscow to allow Ukrainians to export foodgrains in the coming weeks.

During the last phone call together with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, he suggested to Putin the “initiative of a UN vote on the resolution to give a very clear framework for this operation.”

Both the European Union and the African Union are concerned about the impact of the war on food security.

Many African countries relying on grain imports from Russia and Ukraine have urged the EU to unblock the grain stocks and transport them to the countries in need. Approximately 20 million tons of cereals are stuck in the port of Odesa near the Black Sea, which is currently under Russian blockade.

Macron said Ukraine would require a security guarantee from Russia to allow ships and bulk carriers to transport cereals out of Odesa safely. I have added that Turkey will have an important role in carrying out this operation in the Black Sea within a UN framework.

A recent meeting between Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan produced “positive conclusions,” he said.

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