Russia Weighs Easing Ukraine Grain Blockade in Return for Sanctions Relief

Russia is open to easing its blockade of Ukraine’s ports along the Black Sea if sanctions on Moscow are lifted, a Russian official said Wednesday, a move that, if it went ahead, could increase grain exports and help relieve rising food inflation and shortages.

Andrey Rudenko, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, said Moscow is willing to establish a humanitarian corridor that would provide safe passage for ships carrying food from the ports. In return, countries would have to lift sanctions on Russia.

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