Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal held a meeting with World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Kyiv on Thursday, in which he called for increased international pressure to restore the Black Sea grain deal.
Shmyhal said in a social media post that he stressed that Ukraine is counting on WTO support in restoring agricultural exports.
The prime minister also thanked the WTO for its political support and help with overcoming challenges posed by Russia, having described Russia as “provoking a global food crisis.”
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also emphasized the importance of reopening the grain corridor, according to the Ukrainian government readout of the meeting.
Russia withdrew from the grain deal exactly one month ago. The agreement was brokered in July 2022 by the United Nations and Turkey in order to ensure safe passage for the ships exporting Ukrainian grain.
Shmyhal also used Thursday's meeting to express hope for WTO assistance in removing mines from Ukrainian land, according to the readout.
Kostan Nechyporenko contributed to this report.