France will provide an additional six million euros through the World Food Program (WFP) to support grain exports from Ukraine to Yemen and Sudan. This was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, TASR reports based on a report from the DPA agency.
“The weakest countries must not pay for a war they did not want,” Macron said in a video published on his Twitter account on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the famine that was deliberately caused in Ukraine by the then Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
Similar commitments were made on Saturday by representatives of other European countries. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that his country will provide Ukraine with 20 million dollars to support the export of Ukrainian grain to Africa. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke about the amount of 15 million euros.
On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi announced the launch of an international program called Grain from Ukraine, the aim of which is to ensure food supplies to the countries most at risk of hunger. About 60 grain ships are to be sent from Ukrainian Black Sea ports to countries such as Sudan, Yemen or Somalia by the middle of next year.
“Ukraine has always been and will remain the guarantor of world food security, even in the harsh conditions of war.Zelenskyi said. He added that more than 20 countries and the European Union have pledged funds in the total amount of 150 million euros.