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The Baltic States and Poland are ready to help Ukraine look for new logistics directions to enable the war-torn country to export its agricultural products.

Minister of Transport Tālis Linkaits discussed this possibility on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, during a joint meeting of the Ministers of Transport of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland with the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov and the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solskyi.

Minister of Transport Tālis Linkaits has pointed out that all three large ports in Latvia and the grain terminals there are ready to handle Ukrainian cargo. Still, the cargo delivery to the Baltic States is the biggest problem now. Latvia is prepared to work with colleagues from Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine to find solutions to those challenges.

“The determination and work of Ukraine’s colleagues in these challenging times is admirable, and Latvia is ready to support all efforts to continue exporting the country’s agricultural products with all possible resources,” stated the Minister.

Ukraine is one of the largest exporters of cereals globally, but due to the war, they cannot use their ports in the Black and Azov Seas. The Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure said at the meeting that looking for new logistics directions in this situation was crucial to minimize the risk of reduced food availability in the world.

Maija RENA

Adviser to the Minister
maija.rena [at] sam.gov.lv