UK issues view on Black Sea warship deployment
(MENAFN) Premier Boris Johnson stated Britain will not set up warships to the Black Sea to aid with the delivery of Ukrainian grain. The deliveries from Ukraine, a major grain exporter, have been disrupted after Russia’s attack against the nation.
Addressing in Parliament on Monday, Johnson was asked to say if he wants to break the Montreux Convention, a 1936 global contract that permits Turkey to stop access to the Black Sea to warships from outside the area.
Johnson answered: “No, we’re not looking at that. There are alternative solutions that don’t involve the presence of the UK or other warships in the Black Sea.”
Johnson proposed that the Danube and other rivers, in addition to rail transport, could be used to send the grain out of Ukraine. These ways could aid to “get grain out in smaller quantities,” as opposed to arranging a maritime convoy, the PM added.
“We’re looking at all the possible options,” Johnson went on.
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