“It’s all deliberate,” he told a virtual conference on food insecurity, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of “blackmailing” international sanctions against the invasion. ‘Ukraine.
He said Moscow had begun to keep its own food exports after imposing a “naval siege on the Black Sea to prevent Ukrainian crops from being transported around the world.”
In mid-May, the New York Times reported that Washington had warned 14 countries, mostly in Africa, that Russian cargo ships were carrying “stolen Ukrainian grain.” Antony Blinken quoted this article from the American newspaper, although he did not directly confirm the warning sent to African countries.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Ankara on Friday accused Russia of “stealing” and exporting Ukrainian grain, especially to Turkey.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky on Monday said that 20 to 25 million tons of grain are currently blocked in Ukraine due to the war, which will triple in the fall.
“We need maritime corridors and we are discussing this with Turkey and the United Kingdom,” he said.
Russia-Ukraine conflict The two grain powers have been at loggerheads with each other since February 24 – Russia and Ukraine together account for 30% of world wheat exports. This caused a spike in the prices of grains and oils, which were higher than those reached during the 2011 Arab Spring and the 2008 “famine riots”.
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