Italy aims to unblock grain exports at Black Sea ports

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Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi meets with U.S. President Joe Biden in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis

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ROME, May 26 (Reuters) - Italy aims to free grain exports blocked in Black Sea ports, Prime Minister Mario Draghi told reporters on Thursday following a phone call he held with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The first initiative one could begin to explore is to see whether a cooperation between Russia and Ukraine to unblock Black Sea ports could be built," Draghi said.

Draghi said he would soon talk to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on this issue.

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Reporting by Angelo Amante, Giulia Segreti and Giselda Vagnoni, editing by Keith Weir

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