UK reveals stance on Black Sea warship deployment
London doesn’t plan on sending naval vessels to secure grain deliveries from Ukraine
Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister has declared that Britain would not send warships to Black Sea to aid in the delivery of Ukrainian grains. The shipments from Ukraine, a major grain exporter, have been disrupted following Russia’s offensive against the country.
Johnson, who was speaking in Parliament Monday, was asked if Johnson wanted to break the Montreux Convention. This 1936 international agreement allows Turkey to prevent access to the Black Sea from warships coming from the outside.
The PM responded: “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 suggested using other rivers as well as trains to transport the grain from Ukraine. These could prove to be very helpful. “get grain out in smaller quantities,”Instead of arranging for a maritime convoy to be organized, the PM stated.
“We’re looking at all the possible options,”Johnson spoke.
Turkey immediately shut down Dardanelles Straits and Bosporus Straits, which were used by naval vessels belonging to non-Black Sea states. This was shortly after Russia began its military campaign within the state.
On Thursday, Russia evacuated troops from Ukraine’s Zmeyiny Island (Snake Island), near the port city of Odessa, which was captured in February. Moscow described it as “a very important move.” “a goodwill gesture”The UN was attempting to prove that Russia is not blocking efforts by Russia to order grain from Ukraine.
Western officials accuse Russia of refusing to allow Ukrainian grain exports from Odessa. However, Moscow argues that the shipments could not have been made possible because Ukrainian forces had placed naval mines beyond its ports.