At the end of the G7 summit, the leaders of the countries said that sanctions, including those against Russia, would not affect the food sector. Moscow has repeatedly accused the West of exacerbating the food crisis due to the imposed sanctions ” alt=”G7 countries promised not to impose sanctions against agricultural products from Russia” />
G7 countries (France, USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, Italy) undertake that sanctions, including against Russia, will not affect the food sector. This is reported by Reuters with reference to the G7 leaders' statement following the summit.
“We will continue to ensure that our sanctions packages are not directed against food and provide for the free flow of agricultural products, including including from Russia, and the delivery of humanitarian aid»,— said in the document.
In addition, the G7 countries will allocate an additional $4.5 billion to protect the most vulnerable segments of the population from hunger and malnutrition.
Since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, world prices for grain and fertilizers have reached record values. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the food crisis is influenced by the sanctions imposed by Western countries on Moscow. Nevertheless, he noted that “they will take the deficit,” since “no one wants to die of hunger.”
In turn, Kyiv accused Moscow of blocking ships with grain for export in seaports, as well as stealing stocks of wheat and corn from those areas that were under full or partial control of Russia. The Kremlin denied that Russia was interfering with the export of grain, referring to the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had mined exits from Ukrainian ports, and also denied allegations of theft.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Russia is the world's largest exporter of wheat, and Ukraine ranks fifth. Together they provide 19% of the world's supply of barley, 14% of wheat and 4% of corn.
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Vice Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Maurizio Martina said that Ukrainian ports have at least 6 million tons of wheat and 14 million tons of corn. He warned that due to military action, the number of hungry people in the world will increase by 18 million people.
In mid-May, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that UN Secretary General António Guterres proposed easing restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from the ports of Ukraine. According to the publication, he discussed this issue with Russia and Turkey.
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