ATHENS – Greek Foreign Minister George George Gerapetritis has stated that if the agreement with Russia for transporting Ukrainian grain were to break down, Greek northern ports could potentially serve as a route for delivering the grain to the European Union (EU).
Despite the widespread condemnation of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, it’s important to note that sanctions do not apply to energy supplies from Russia to the EU, as these make up approximately 40% of the bloc’s energy needs, including those of Greece.
Currently, Ukrainian grain, a significant source of supply, is permitted to be shipped even during the conflict, as Russia has not impeded its transport. However, there is a looming risk of the existing agreement with Russia falling apart. In response to this, Gerapetritis suggested that Greek ports like Alexandroupouli could offer an alternative route for the grain’s transportation.
Gerapetritis made this proposal during a meeting with fellow EU ministers at an informal gathering in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. He emphasized the potential “immense” consequences if the prospective agreement with Russia were to collapse, as reported by diplomatic sources cited in Kathimerini.
This informal meeting between EU and Ukrainian diplomats showcased the European Union’s unwavering commitment to Ukraine throughout its 19-month-long conflict, as stated by the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, according to The Associated Press.
Borrell affirmed, “The EU remains firmly united in its support for Ukraine, and I do not anticipate any member state wavering in their commitment,” during a press conference held in the Ukrainian capital. However, it’s worth noting that Slovakia has expressed its intention not to provide assistance in this matter.