Ukraine could create a humanitarian corridor through Belarus for the supply of Ukrainian grain to the ports of the Baltic States.
Amid the tight deadlines for establishing export logistics Belarus could be the answer to supply Ukrainian grain, the Deputy Minister of Economy and Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka has said.
“The Baltic ports of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have the greatest ability to transport commodities. Compatibility of railway routes in this direction technically simplifies transportation.
“If we raise the question of unblocking our ports, then theoretically we can raise the question of humanitarian corridors through Belarus,” he said on Friday.
There can be no guarantee that deliveries through Belarus are any safer than by sea, the movement of troops is recorded there, there are problems with the predictability of Belarus.
“At the same time, Ukraine does not reject any options. If we did not have time pressure, we could concentrate exclusively on the western border. But time is running out – the issue needs to be resolved before autumn,” the trade representative said.
Ukraine applied for help in this matter to the FAO, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.
“What will be provided by international pressure from third parties will be used … If their guarantees allow traveling through Belarus, we will transport through Belarus, if by sea – even better,” Kachka said.
The Ministry of Economy said it will be impossible to fully ensure exports through the western border in the next three months.
Ukraine are experiencing not only logistical, but also bureaucratic difficulties with the export of grain through the EU.