US congressman who visited Kyiv spoke about Zelensky’s request

Congressman Crowe: Kyiv asked the US to give missiles against ships to release ports Kyiv asked Washington to transfer more powerful drones and multiple launch rocket systems, as well as missiles against ships to release ports. Now there are 12 million tons of food in the ports of the country, stressed in the United States alt=”US congressman who visited Kyiv spoke about Zelensky's request” />

Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked US President Joe Biden to provide Kyiv with anti-ship missiles to ensure the security of Ukrainian ports in order to export food. Zelensky conveyed this request through members of the US House of Representatives who visited Kyiv, Jason Crowe, a member of the delegation, told NBC.

The Ukrainian authorities also would like to receive reusable drones with precision-guided munitions. In addition, they are asking to transfer multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), Crowe recounted the content of Zelensky's request.

According to him, Kyiv is interested in American Harpoon anti-ship missiles or similar armed, with its help, the Ukrainian authorities intend to ensure the use of the port in Odessa and other cities of the country. Crowe pointed out that one of the biggest problems for Ukraine was the inability to continue exporting food.

“They have 12 million tons of food products, wheat grain, sunflower oil, and these supplies are needed both by the Ukrainian economy and in order to prevent famine in Africa and the Middle East, in particular,” — Crowe said.

Zelensky warned at the end of March about the risk of food shortages in different countries. According to him, deliveries of corn, vegetable oil and other goods are disrupted.

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Then a possible food crisis was announced in Paris and Washington. French President Emmanuel Macron pointed out that a number of states that depend on grain exports from Russia and Ukraine have already faced problems, citing Egypt as an example. In his opinion, the situation risks worsening in 12-18 months. US President Joe Biden agreed with him, he said that “food shortages will be real.”

In early May, the UN stated that about 4.5 million tons of grain had accumulated in Ukrainian ports, which could not be exported.

The French president raised the issue of food supplies from Ukraine on May 3 in a conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. He indicated that Paris was ready to cooperate in lifting the “Russian blockade of Ukrainian food exports through the Black Sea”, noting that it risks leading to consequences for global food security.

Russia and Ukraine are among the world's largest grain suppliers, according to a report by the US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service. According to the latest data from the agency, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine — ten%. At the same time, Ukrainian suppliers — one of the main world exporters of corn, they account for 14%, Russian — 2%.

Russian authorities warn against Western countries supplying weapons to Ukraine. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned that Moscow considers any NATO transport with weapons that arrive in Ukraine as a legitimate target. According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, NATO countries, by supplying weapons to Kyiv, are actually entering into a state of “proxy war”; with Russia. If this happens, the minister concluded, “then in war as in war.”

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