Guterres called for food from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to be allowed on world markets, saying it was the best way to solve the food crisis. Putin previously blamed the threat of famine on “sanctions obsession”
Russian-made food and fertilizers should be allowed on world markets to solve the food crisis, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the ministerial meeting “Roadmap for Global Food Security” call to action". The broadcast is on the UN website.
According to him, the Russian military operation increased the effect of a number of factors that had been in effect before that, which influenced the food crisis, in particular & mdash; climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, Guterres stressed, are leaders in the production of fertilizers and food.
“Let's be clear, there is no more effective solution to the food crisis without the reintegration of Ukrainian food production, as well as food and fertilizer produced by Russia and Belarus, into world markets,” emphasized the UN Secretary General.
Guterres pointed out that Moscow should stop preventing the export of food from Ukrainian ports. At the same time, fertilizers and food products from Russia should be allowed to the world markets without obstacles, he continued.
“I am in close contact on these issues with the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Turkey, the United States and the European Union, as well as a number of other key countries. I'm sure there's still a long way to go, — said the UN Secretary General.
At the same time, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken denied accusations that sanctions against Russia became the reason for the deterioration in the state of food in the world. He said that Washington made exceptions to the restrictive measures for fertilizers and agricultural products. He added that international organizations and the authorities of various countries can work together to open corridors for the safe export of food from the territory of Ukraine by land and sea.
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In early May, the German government announced the threat of famine throughout the world, which will become the strongest since the Second World War. The reasons for this in Berlin were the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus, the drought, and the fighting in Ukraine. “The World Food Program estimates that 300 million people in the world suffer from hunger, and these estimates are constantly being adjusted upwards,” added German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze.
The Russian authorities insist that international sanctions will be to blame for this, such an opinion is shared, in particular, by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev. According to him, the world is waiting for a “full-fledged international food crisis.” and famine in individual countries, a major logistical crisis, new epidemics and other consequences.
The countries of the European Union will also face hunger, which will face “intractable consequences”, Russian President Vladimir Putin is sure. He pointed out that “the continuation of the sanctions obsession” would lead to this, and the poorest countries of the world are already facing hunger.
His representative Dmitry Peskov noted that Moscow did not impose restrictions on the export of fertilizers. “We don’t need to remove anything here, the restrictions imposed by the United States, European countries and others must be lifted here,” — he explained. Peskov added that Ukrainian ports are “heavily mined”; and pose a danger to navigation, an operation to clear them is to be carried out.
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