Ukraine has already started shipping grain through Croatian seaports, a top official said on Thursday.
Ukraine has been exploring alternative shipping routes after Russia pulled out of a deal in July that allowed Ukrainian ships to navigate safe passage through the Black Sea to Turkey's Bosphorus Strait in order to reach global markets.
"After all, Russia continues to launch missile strikes on the grain infrastructure on the Black Sea coast, which significantly limits the possibilities of domestic grain exports," Ukraine's Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko said during the Three Seas Initiative summit in Bucharest.
"Ukrainian grain has already been exported through Croatian ports. Thank you for this opportunity. Although this trade route is niche, it is already popular," Svyrydenko added.
Earlier this month, Russian forces attacked Ukrainian port facilities on the Danube River used for food exports.
"We are ready to develop it, expanding the possibilities of the transport corridor. We believe that this logistics route will play an important role in bilateral trade between our countries even after the war," according to Svyridenko.
Svyrydenko did not give further details on how much grain had already been shipped through Croatian seaports.