EC President Says Russia Fueling Global Food Crisis 歐理事會主席批 俄藉糧食危機破壞區域穩定

Russia faced international sanctions after invading Ukraine, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened numerous times to retaliate, including hinting at restricting exports of grain. On June 6, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said credible reports indicate that Russia is stealing Ukraine's grain and selling it for profit.

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, sparking a global food crisis. The prices of grain, cooking oil, fuel, and fertilizer all soared. On June 6, European Council President Charles Michel told the United Nations Security Council that Russia is using food supplies as a stealth missile against developing countries to destabilize entire regions, and then denying it through a campaign of lies and disinformation.

Charles Michel, European Council President: “Let's get to the facts. The EU has no sanctions on the agricultural sector in Russia. Zero. And even our sanctions on the Russian transport sector do not go beyond our EU borders. You may leave the room. Maybe it's easier not to listen to the truth, ambassador.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is trying to negotiate the restoration of Ukrainian grain exports by exporting them alongside Russian grain and fertilizer. However, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there are credible reports indicating that Russia is stealing Ukraine's grain exports to sell for its own profit. 

Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State: “... that Russia is pilfering Ukraine's grain exports, to sell for its own profit. Now, Russia is hoarding its food exports as well. So, this is all deliberate. We know that President Putin is stopping food from being shipped and aggressively using his propaganda machine to deflect or distort responsibility.”

Blinken warned that the Russian military has blockaded the Black Sea to prevent Ukrainian grain from exiting, showing that Russian President Vladimir Putin is pressuring other countries to give in and cancel their sanctions against Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said what's most important at the current stage is establishing a secure corridor to ensure that ships will be able to transport grain. 

Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian President: “If we have 22-25 million tons blocked there now, it could be 75 (million tons) in autumn. What are we going to do? That's why we can't do without ports.”

Zelensky explained that trains take too long and cannot carry large amounts of grain, and exporting grain through Russian ally Belarus is not an option.










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