|Russian President Vladimir Putin ensures no blockade of Ukrainian wheat|
This was confirmed in a dialogue with President Joko Widodo in Moscow, Thursday (30/6). “We have never hampered grain exports from Ukraine. Putin said it was the Ukrainian army itself that was blocking grain shipments out of Ukrainian ports. "It was the Ukrainian soldiers who laid mines along their territorial ports which hindered the production of wheat from their territory," he told President Jokowi. From Russia Today (RT.com) in Mokow, Thursday (30/6), Putin ensured that if there were no mines along the port, Russia could ensure the delivery of grain from Ukraine.
"If they open up clearing the mines we are willing to guarantee the safety of the wheat exports," he stressed. Apart from that, according to Putin, there is also another opportunity to remove wheat from the country, namely through Belarus. Putin said that recently what was being discussed was the issue of grain shipments from Ukraine. "According to calculations the US Department of Agriculture amounts to 6 million tons. But we counted 5 tons," he said. “When compared, the total world wheat production is 800 million tons. When compared to the 6 million tons that America calls, it won't affect in any way the grain armies in the world," he said. “The amount mentioned is only 2.5% of the world's total wheat. And only 0.5 percent of the world's total wheat," he said.
Previously it was reported that good news came from Russia. The Russian Ministry of Defense suddenly withdrew its troops from Snake Island in the Black Sea as of today, Thursday (30/6/2022). Snake Island has a vital status in the war between Russia and Ukraine. The island is a strategic battleground for controlling the western Black Sea, including the traffic of Ukrainian export products to other countries. "If Russian troops manage to occupy Snake Island and set up their long-range air defense system, they will be in control of the sea, land and air in the northwestern part of the Black Sea and in southern Ukraine," Ukrainian military expert By Zhdanov told the BBC last week.
The troop withdrawal took place ahead of President Jokowi's meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this afternoon local time.
And it happened shortly after Jokowi met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiev. Based on a written statement from the Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat, Jokowi's arrival was welcomed by Russian Federation officials, including the Head of State Protocol of the Russian Federation Igor Viktorovich Bogdashev and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov. In addition, the Indonesian Ambassador to Moscow, Jose Antonio Morato Tavares, and his wife and Defense Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, Colonel Budi Susilo and his wife, also welcomed. From the airport, Jokowi and First Lady Iriana and their entourage will head to a transit hotel before heading to the Kremlin to meet Putin.
Previously, Jokowi and Iriana left for Moscow from Rzeszow-Jasionka International Airport, Poland. Jokowi departed at around 09.00 local time. Also accompanying Jokowi and Iriana on the flight to Moscow, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.