Greece offered a potential alternative route for Ukrainian grain exports, to aid in the movement of goods after the expiration of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
ccording to local paper Kathimerini, the country is prepared to provide an alternate pathway through its northern ports of Thessaloniki and Alexandroupoli. In addition to the Greek proposal, alternative options have emerged in the ongoing discussions such as the utilisation of the Baltic and Adriatic oceans.
Greek-owned commercial ships will play a crucial role in transporting the grain. The rail network in northern Greece is currently facing capacity constraints, which could potentially hinder the execution of the plan.
Meanwhile, The Baltic option is being pushed by Poland, with the cooperation of Lithuania, although a Polish port, such as Gdansk, is a far more likely point of export than the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, Kathimerini notes.