Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

The United States is working with Ukraine on a “Plan B” to export grain from the country after Russia’s attack on the Odessa port, according to United States Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power.

Power told CNN’s Larry Madovo in an interview in Nairobi, “Plan B involves road and rail and river and sending in barges and adjusting rail systems so that they are better aligned with those in Europe.” So that exports can move faster.” Kenya on Sunday after visiting drought-stricken areas of Kenya and Somalia last week.

“We’re living the contingency plan because there’s no way you can trust anything that Vladimir Putin says,” he continued.

Power stressed that despite the security afforded by a contingency plan, “there is no substitute for Putin to end the blockade and allow the grain to be sent out in the most efficient manner.”

Russia and Ukraine on Friday signed an agreement After months of difficult negotiations mediated by Turkey and the United Nations, Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea were allowed.

Although just a day later, Russia missile strike At the southern Ukrainian port of Odessa, where important grain reserves lie in storage.

More than half of Somalia’s wheat imports come from Ukraine, Power said, adding that 20 million metric tons of wheat and maize are still stranded at Odessa’s port.

Power said he hoped the grain deal “somehow sticks” despite Russia’s move to “instantly pat its back” by bombing the port.

Power said ensuring supply of food grains would help bring down prices.

“Even as this deal worked and implemented and the grain leaving the port brought down prices within a 24-hour period,” she said. “So, more supply with the same amount of demand means lower prices.”

Last week, the US announced an additional $1.3 billion in humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa, with unprecedented droughts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Power called on countries that “play a leadership role in the international system, as the People’s Republic of China clearly aspires to do,” to “dig deeper” to prevent the food crisis from “becoming a catastrophe”. For.