Belarus proposes plan to help export Ukraine's grain

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said his country is ready to transport Ukrainian grain to Baltic Sea ports through its territory.

The presidential office announced on Friday that Lukashenko made the proposal to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres over the phone earlier in the day.

Ukraine's grain exports have stalled at the country's southern Black Sea ports due to Russia's invasion.

The office says Lukashenko called for negotiations among Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic countries to address the issue.

He indicated that the Baltic ports belonging to Germany, Poland, the Baltic countries and Russia should be open to Belarusian goods as a condition for the transit of Ukrainian grain.

As an ally of Russia, Belarus has been hit by Western sanctions. They include restrictions on the export of fertilizer, which is the country's major product.