EU leaders agree to expedite food exports from Ukraine

European Union leaders have agreed to facilitate food exports from Ukraine to address growing concerns over a global food crisis.

On the second day of a two-day summit on Tuesday, EU leaders discussed how to respond to an emerging food crisis in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and how to end the EU's dependence on Russian energy.

The EU has decided to help transport grain, which has been stranded at Ukrainian ports under a Russian blockade, via land to member states, such as neighboring Romania, where it will then be shipped out from ports.

The leaders agreed to speed up coordination among member states to this end.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen referred to moves by some countries to ban food exports to ensure adequate domestic supplies. She called on the international community and EU member states not to restrict global trade on agricultural products.

She also suggested that there is a need to work out a better mid- to long-term strategy to boost food production in Africa by making use of new technology.

She said she will visit Egypt in mid-June to discuss the issue with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.