The US does not intend to try to unlock Ukrainian ports militarily, Kirby said. Dozens of ships cannot leave the ports, they cannot take out grain. Russian authorities say they will open ports if sanctions are lifted “The United States has stated that they do not intend to enter into conflict with Russia over Odessa” />
The United States does not intend to fight in Ukraine, including to participate in the unblocking of the Ukrainian port of Odessa, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing. The briefing was broadcast by Reuters.
Kirby was asked if the United States or other countries could use military force to ensure the export of grain from Odessa.
“The President made it clear that we were not going to send American soldier to fight in Ukraine. These words apply both to the skies over Ukraine and to a potential naval conflict with Russia, — he answered.
Ukraine— one of the largest suppliers of food, in particular wheat, corn and vegetable oil. After the start of the Russian special operation, the supply of these and other goods was disrupted, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in March.
In particular, ships with grain in Ukrainian ports were blocked. In response to the UN call to unblock them, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that they would open the ports if sanctions were lifted from Russia. The White House ruled out the lifting of sanctions in exchange for grain.
In total, 70 foreign ships are blocked in Ukrainian ports, including ten in Odessa, the Russian Defense Ministry said. According to the agency, on May 26, the Russian side proposed new routes by which they can leave the ports. “The Ukrainian side is responsible for ensuring the safety of ships leaving the ports and proceeding to the collection area,” — added in the ministry.
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