President Klaus Iohannis discussed with his counterpart Volodymyr Zelenski in Kyiv on Thursday about the Ukrainian grain crisis, the export of which is blocked by Russia’s war. Klaus Iohannis pointed out that the transit of wheat from Ukraine through the Port of Constanța has increased fourfold in a single month, but that investment is needed to have similar increases by rail, Danube or road.
Klaus Iohannis was asked at the press conference that followed the meeting between the four European leaders and Volodymyr Zelenski what Romania is doing on the issue of Ukrainian grain exports, given that the queues of trucks loaded with grain are longer than 20 kilometers.
The head of state said that the transit of grain from Ukraine through the Port of Constanța has increased four times in a month and that investments must be made for such increases to be registered by river, road or rail.
“We saw the same columns of trucks when we came here last night. This is a problem that I could define as being solved. We need to understand where we started. Trade between Romania and Ukraine has not been very intense, and the transit of Ukrainian goods through Romania has been, I might say, very low until a few months ago.
The transit of goods arriving in Romania or from Romania going to Ukraine was not very intense. You see, all these things have changed very quickly. New logistics lines are needed, new border crossing points are needed and all this is underway.
To give you an example, perhaps concrete and related to what has been discussed today: the transit of wheat from Ukraine to the Port of Constanța. We have only had a 400% increase in this transit in the last month, so four times more! It is something impressive, but until we manage to have the same growth on the road, on the Danube, on the railway, it is obvious that investment is needed. We have discussed these issues with President Zelenski today, and we will continue to work to improve these situations, “Klaus Iohannis told a news conference, according to the transcript provided by the Presidential Administration.
President Klaus Iohannis arrived in Kyiv on Thursday on a joint visit with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. The four European leaders also went to Irpin, a city near the capital, destroyed by Russian attacks, after which they met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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