On July 20, German foreign minister Annalena Berbock announced the strengthening of international cooperation to save Ukrainian grain and transfer it to those who need it. On July 17, Russia withdrew from the grain agreement and began shelling the port of Odesa along with all the grain stored there. Mrs Baerbock called the Russian act "not just another attack on Ukraine, it's an attack on the world's poorest people."
In order to prevent global hunger, Germany and other partners will redouble their efforts to exploit EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes: grain will be loaded into wagons and sent by rail from Ukraine to the ports of other countries and from there to the neediest regions.
"Hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, urgently need grain from Ukraine, so we are working with all our international partners to ensure that grain in Ukraine does not rot in storage in the coming weeks but gets to the people in the world who urgently need it," Annalena Baerbock.
The minister noted that Ukraine and its allies were developing Solidarity Lanes even during the work of the grain agreements. Now the work needs to be increased in intensity.