Antonov said about the connection of Western sanctions with the food crisis in the world
Antonov called the words about the lack of connection between the sanctions of the West and the global food crisis cunning. A day earlier, Blinken assured that the United States did not impose restrictions on agricultural products and fertilizers. jpg” alt=”Antonov announced the connection between Western sanctions and the global food crisis” />
International economic and transport sanctions imposed against Russia have a direct impact on the situation on the global food market, the Russian ambassador said in USA Anatoly Antonov, his words are cited in Telegram by the diplomatic mission.
“The statements of the Westerners that their bans do not concern the supply of food and fertilizers,— cunning»,— said the diplomat.
Antonov assured that Moscow remains committed to its obligations under the concluded international contracts in the field of supply of agricultural products, energy carriers, fertilizers and other goods.
On May 18, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said there was no connection between the global food crisis and the restrictive measures imposed against Russia. According to him, Washington has made exceptions to the sanctions for agricultural products and fertilizers. Blinken added that the authorities of the countries of the world and international organizations can jointly seek the opening of corridors for the safe export of food from the territory of Ukraine by sea and land.
UN Secretary General António Guterres at the same time called for allowing Russian and Belarusian food products and fertilizers to world markets, calling this the most effective way to avoid a food crisis.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is considering introducing food checks to help the middle class and poor families. He cited the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, two major crop exporters, and rising energy prices as reasons.
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The German government considered that the world was threatened by the worst famine since the Second World War, and “millions” would become its victims. “The World Food Program estimates that 300 million people in the world suffer from hunger, and these estimates are constantly being adjusted upwards,” German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze said.
The Russian authorities insist that countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia will be to blame for the food crisis. This opinion, in particular, was expressed by President Vladimir Putin. According to him, “sanctions obsession” threatens residents of European countries with “intractable consequences”.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the Russian side did not impose restrictions on the export of fertilizers, and therefore they should be lifted by the United States and other Western countries. Peskov added that Ukrainian ports are “heavily mined”; and pose a danger to navigation, an operation is underway to clear them.
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