The Danube River is becoming the key element of Ukrainian grain exports and global food security, as Russia continues to block Black Sea shipments, the Ukraine Sea Ports Authority says.

”With Russia effectively blocking the operation of the Black Sea grain corridor, it is necessary to be ready to receive almost the entire export volume of the new harvest through the Danube ports,” Dmytro Barinov, the Ukraine Sea Ports Authority’s deputy president commented.

At a meeting with French officials in Brussels under the auspices of Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission, Baninov noted that ”we discussed the possibility of optimizing operations between Romania and Ukraine in river Danube’s Sulin Canal”. 

”Our French colleagues are ready to provide any methodical and financial assistance in this matter”, the Ukrainian official added.

It’s worth noting that the United Nations, Turkiye, Ukraine and Russia renewed a deal last July on the safe passage of Black Sea grain, as the Russian blockade of many Ukrainian Black Sea ports continues. 

The government of Russia has threatened not to extend the grain deal beyond July 18, if Russian grain and fertiliser exports are not allowed.