A top general has suggested the United States may pursue military options to help Ukraine export its grain and help end Russia's blockade of Ukraine's Black Sea coast.
Gen. Christopher Cavoli, who has been nominated to be the next commander of NATO, told senators at a hearing on Thursday that he might offer military options to allow for grain to be exported. When asked about what he would do, Cavoli said that if he's confirmed he would "provide the military options required by our civilian leaders."
It's not clear what that would entail, whether it be having U.S. troops directly engage with Russian forces or the military coming up with alternative means to ship grain. Ukraine is one of the world's top exporters of wheat, sunflower oil, and canola oil.
Cavoli, meanwhile, noted that U.S. sanctions against Russia have contributed to worldwide grain shortages.
About a week ago, an analyst warned the United Nations Security Council that the Russia-Ukraine conflict is adding "fuel to a fire that was long-burning" and said the world only has about 10 weeks' worth of wheat supplies left.
Other than the conflict, which started on Feb. 24, droughts and other weather issues around the world have contributed to grain shortages.
“I share this because we believe it’s important for you all to understand that even if the war were to end tomorrow, our food security problem isn’t going away anytime soon without concerted action," she added.
"We categorically reject these accusations and, on the contrary, accuse Western countries that they have taken a number of illegal actions that led to this," Peskov told reporters, according to Reuters.
The West, he added, "must cancel those illegal decisions that prevent the chartering of ships, that prevent the export of grain, and so on," so that supplies be shipped out.
It appears unlikely, however, that the United States would relax any of its sanctions against Russia in the near future. In March, President Joe Biden said that there might be a food shortage triggered by the conflict and sanctions.