Open Ukrainian port, world leaders call on Russia: They fear food crisis around the world
France and Germany have made great demands on Russia over the growing food crisis around the world.
The French president says Paris and Berlin have asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to lift the siege of the Ukrainian port of Odessa in accordance with a UN resolution.
Speaking to reporters in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron said: "We asked the Russian president to accept the offer of a direct meeting with the Ukrainian president as soon as possible.
European countries claim that Ukraine's naval blockade is the main reason for the decline in grain exports, but Russia denies this claim.
Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Khazarova said in a recent statement that the West's claim that foreign ships were barred from entering the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov was baseless. But do not cooperate at all.
On the other hand, the head of the European Council Charles Michel said in a tweet that the EU member states have agreed to ban the import of large quantities of Russian oil due to the implementation of the latest sanctions. Imports will be reduced by 90%.
The Croatian president has warned that European citizens will have to pay the price for new EU sanctions on the Russian oil sector, adding that the sanctions would not affect the Russian currency and that Russia could easily find new buyers.