Paris (The Times Groupe)- The French government is ready to participate in a plan to open up the port of Odesa in order to export cereals originating from Ukraine to countries in need, local media is reporting, citing a presidential adviser.
“We are at the disposal of the parties so that an operation can be put into place that would allow access to the port of Odesa in complete safety,” the adviser said, according to Le Figaro.
The official was cited as saying France is willing to place boats to access the strategic port despite the fact that the sea is mined.
French President Emmanuel Macron proposed last month that the US Security Council vote to lift the blockade on Odesa port in order to allow the export of cereals stuck there.
The Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea handled nearly 50 million tons of food per year before the war began, another report by Le Figaro noted. food grains
The EU and France have both warned of an impending food crisis due to the war and climate-related events.
Food grains, including wheat, are a major source of income for many African nations.
A report said Macron will also visit Romania and Moldova next week to show support for French troops stationed there.