A Ukrainian journalist took advantage of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Turkey and, during a press conference in Ankara, confronted him with a question about opening up corridors for the export of Ukrainian grain.
At the end of the conference, Muslim Umerov did not ask a question, so he stood up and decided to speak directly to Sergei Lavrov: “I am a journalist of Ukrainian public television, I absolutely want to ask a question!” he said.
According to The GuardianLavrov was embarrassed by the unwritten question.
“Apart from grain, what other items did they steal from Ukraine and sell it to?” Asked the Ukrainian journalist.
With a smile on his face, the Russian Foreign Minister responded: “Ukrainians are always worried about what you can steal. You think the whole world will think so.”
“Our goals are clear, we want to save the people from the pressure of the neo-Nazi regime. We are not blocking the flow of grain. It must issue Mr Zelenskiy’s order to leave the ports, that’s all,” he added.
Later, the Ukrainian correspondent for IFP in Istanbul explained that he had raised his hand throughout the conference, but realized that the organizers had not allowed him to speak.
Since the whole of Ukraine was waiting for an answer to this question, I took the risk of interrupting the conference.
This week, the head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, considered it “credible” that Russia “steals” Ukrainian grain exports, prevented it from “selling them for its own profit”. .
“There are credible reports that Russia is stealing Ukraine’s grain exports for its own gain,” Blinken told a foreign conference on food insecurity from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of “international blackmail.” Barriers against invasion were removed.