The United Kingdom supports a proposal by Lithuania to recruit an international fleet of naval warships to break the Russian blockade of Ukraine which is preventing the export of huge amounts of grain to the rest of the world. Millions of tons of grain are stuck inside Ukraine and without it, levels of world hunger are considered highly likely to rise and may even trigger another migrant crisis. Such is the background to the suggestion by Lithuania that a so-called “coalition of the willing” of warships outside the structures of NATO could work together on getting food out of Ukraine’s seaports.
The remarks of Lithuanian foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, proposing the plan to build a naval coalition were reported Monday by The Guardian, which recorded him as saying: “Time is very very short. We are closing in on a new harvest and there is no other practical way of exporting the grain except through the Black Sea port of Odesa..
There is no way of storing this grain and no other adequate alternative route.” Global Food Crisis: Shortages Pose ‘Apocalyptic’ Threat to UK Citizenshttps://t.co/b7rm419aTJ — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) May 17, 2022 Landsbergis continued: “[foreign powers could] provide ships or planes that would be stationed in the Black Sea and provide maritime passage for the grain ships to leave Odesa’s port”. While Landsbergis insists this wouldn’t have to be a military mission, ultimately minesweeping and providing a missile defence screen to merchant ships is a military task.
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