Canada prepared to send ships to Romanian ports to help export Ukraine's wheat — Joly

Canada ready to send ships

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada is prepared to send ships to help Ukraine export its wheat to the developing world.

Joly says she has held talks with other G7 and European nations about sending Canada's ships to ports in neighbouring Romania to help Ukraine get its wheat to markets that rely on it.

Russia has blockaded Ukraine's ports, prompting warnings from the World Food Program that developing nations in Africa and the Middle East that rely on Ukrainian grain as a staple food may go hungry.

Speaking after meetings with G7 and European allies, as well as a recent visit to Ukraine, Joly says getting Ukraine's wheat out is a priority, along with making sure grain silos are secure so the next harvest can be stored.

Ukraine's ambassador to Canada has told MPs that Russian troops have been raiding Ukrainian wheat stores.

Joly also says Canada plans to swiftly ratify the entry of Finland and Sweden to NATO, adding there is support for this in Parliament.

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