Anti-Russian sanctions can cause a food crisis, as they interfere with the normal trade in products, so they should be removed, the head of the UN WFP said in the Foreign Ministry, who demanded an end to the blockade of Ukrainian ports
With the same appeal to Russia at a special meeting of the UN on food security, the Secretary General of the organization António Guterres spoke. He stated that the world community should not interfere with the export of Russian goods, including food and fertilizers.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken opined that the situation with food security in the world has worsened not because of the sanctions. The restrictions imposed by Washington do not apply to fertilizers and agricultural products, he explained. International organizations and governments of different countries should join forces to achieve the opening of corridors for the safe export of food from the territory of Ukraine by sea and land transport, the Secretary of State believes.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly responded to accusations from the West about the impact on the food market. Vladimir Putin, in particular, warned the EU countries that they could face “intractable consequences”; because of the “continuation of the sanctions obsession.” According to the Russian president, the actions of Western countries have already caused famine in the world's poorest states. His spokesman Dmitry Peskov also called for lifting sanctions against Russia.
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