london’s insurance market has placed the entire Black Sea region on its high-risk list, which means high shipping costs.
Boris Johnson said the UK was considering all options when asked whether the government could provide sovereign guarantees for shipping insurance.
“What the UK may have to offer above all is expertise when it comes to maritime insurance, and a lot of expertise in transporting goods through disputed areas of the sea,” he said.
Asked whether Britain was willing to help Ukraine demind the area, the prime minister said: “Yes, I don’t want to go into the technical or military details, but you can tell from what we’ve already done in supplying equipment. to help the Ukrainians protect themselves, that we certainly talk to them at a technical level to help de-mine Odessa.”
Any attempt to clear mines would be the largest since the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, and any mine clearance project near Ukraine would take several months.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said separately on Thursday that urgent action must be taken within the next month in anticipation of the next harvest to maintain supplies.