European Council President Charles Michel emphasizes that it is not sanctions but Russian aggression that threatens global food security.
“Kremlin, stop your misinformation. No sanctions, but your war in Ukraine is hampering shipping and threatening food security. “More than 20 million tonnes of grain have been blocked by your mines and your war,” he wrote on Twitter.
He called for an end to the war and the resumption of world food supplies.
On May 25, in a comment to Interfax-Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko said that Moscow was ready for a dialogue to resolve the situation with the blocked grain ships in Ukrainian ports.
“Resolving the food problem requires a comprehensive approach, including the lifting of sanctions on Russian exports and financial transactions. If we are told that these sanctions do not apply to food and fertilizers, this is not the case, because there are issues related to the payment of such supplies, there are problems with insurance, there are problems with the access of Russian ships to European ports and other ports. . » – he said.
The Russian side also denies any information
Western countries have repeatedly warned of a possible food crisis and famine in some countries due to Russia’s war against Ukraine. In March, the United Nations saw food prices rise by more than 12 percent. This is a record since 1990. Ukrainian authorities have also warned of a possible food crisis.
On May 18, the UN Secretary-General will allow the safe export of grain through Ukrainian ports.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had been stealing it since May 21, taking it out and trying to sell it.
source: radio svoboda