19 Apr 2023 19:39

West not tired of helping Ukraine, problems with its agriproducts in Europe are solvable - NATO secretary general

BRUSSELS. April 19 (Interfax) - The problems with Ukrainian grain in the countries of Eastern Europe do not indicate a lack of will to help Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

These problems are solvable, he said.

"That is an issue that has to be addressed but I don't think it reflects any lack of will and readiness to support Ukraine," Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday.

Europe and North America have a strong wish to support Ukraine, to which unprecedented financial and military assistance is being provided, he said.

Stoltenberg also spoke about "the challenges that some of the allies have addressed as a consequence of some grain and food that have been relocated not to be transported over the Black Sea but on land through European and NATO allies." It is not something that directly concerns NATO, it is an issue of the European Union and European countries, he said, responding to a question as to whether the problems with Ukrainian agriproducts are a sign of some countries' tiredness of helping Ukraine.

"I am confident that three are other ways to address those challenges because I really believe that the will across Europe to continue to support Ukraine is enormous," Stoltenberg said.

European Commission spokesperson Dana Spinant said earlier on Wednesday Brussels understands the situation of the agricultural products manufacturers of the countries of Eastern Europe, which are experiencing an influx of agriproducts from Ukraine, and intends to provide to them assistance in an amount of 100 million euro.