| 8 December 2023, Friday |

Ukraine and Croatia agree on use of Croatian ports for grain exports

Following discussions with his Croatian counterpart on Monday, Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, announced that the two countries had reached an agreement about the potential use of Croatian ports on the Danube and the Adriatic Sea for the sale of Ukrainian grain.

This month, Russia pulled out of the U.N.-mediated Black Sea grain arrangement, depriving Ukraine, a major exporter, of a crucial channel for exporting its agricultural goods in a secure manner while the war raged.

“Now we will work to establish the most efficient routes to these ports and make the most of this opportunity,” Kuleba said after meeting Grlic Radman in Kyiv.

“Every contribution to unblocking export, every door opened is a real, effective contribution to the world’s food security,” he said.

Ukraine currently relies on land export routes via the European Union as well as an alternative route via the Danube River. Russia attacked infrastructure along the latter route earlier this month.

Kuleba said the main subject of his talks with his Croatian counterpart were weapons.

“I will only say that there are specific agreements that will be implemented soon,” he said without providing details.

  • Reuters