Lithuania: Ministers urge EU to help Ukraine ship more grain via Baltics

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, Transport Minister Marius Skuodis, and Agriculture Minister Kestutis Navickas have sent a joint letter to the European Commission, in which they call for helping Ukraine export more grain via the Baltic States, BNS reports. The ministers argued that Baltic ports, railways, and roads could serve as a viable alternative route for export shipments of Ukrainian products, including grain. They proposed improving the corridor infrastructure, facilitating the handling of freight between the different rail gauges, and moving customs and sanitary checks to the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda. The five major seaports in the Baltic States have a combined capacity to handle 25 million tonnes of grain alone.