Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Kyiv should stop delaying the export of Ukrainian grain.
Lavrov emphasized that Kyiv should abandon military rhetoric and focus on a political settlement.
According to Lavrov, the Russian military declares safe passages that any ship carrying grain can use without any threat, or waiting in the ports of the Black Sea, but on the condition that the Ukrainians clear the mines from the coasts under their control.
“I consider the attempts of Turkish colleagues to convince Kyiv of the need to stop prolonging this process as very positive,” Lavrov said during a press conference with his Armenian counterpart. “I hope that the Ukrainians will realize that there is no alternative to solving this issue on this exact basis.”