July 03
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On Monday, the European summit in Brussels will discuss the looming risk of famine in countries dependent on Ukraine's agricultural exports, which was blocked by Russia after its invasion of the country on February 24, El Pais reported.

The publication notes that the European Union is ready to mobilize all possible resources for the simple export of grain accumulated in Ukrainian elevators and ports.

Even the possibility of launching a naval mission to escort cargo ships from Ukraine through the mined Black Sea, guarded by Russian ships and submarines, is under consideration, the publication notes.

The naval operation to remove Ukrainian grain will create an extreme risk of a possible military clash with the Russian fleet. But Brussels is watching with almost equal horror the outbreak of humanitarian crime in countries whose most basic food needs depend on Ukrainian exports. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi called Putin on Thursday and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday to explore the possibility of reaching an agreement between the two sides to clear Ukrainian ports of mines. But Putin blames European sanctions for the problem, and Draghi warned of a looming food crime of "gigantic proportions and dire human consequences, the article notes.

According to the European Commission, Tunisia imports 53% of its wheat from Ukraine; Libya - 44%; Egypt - 26%. In India and Pakistan, with a combined population of almost 1.7 billion, Ukrainian wheat imports account for almost 50%. The lack of grain in all these countries can cause not only famine, but also economic and social crimes, which will sooner or later lead to waves of migration to Europe, writes El Pais.

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