Grain blockade in Ukraine: EU accuses Moscow of ‘war crimes’ war in Ukraine

The Spaniard made the statement following a meeting with European Union (EU) foreign ministers to find ways to ship those crops as a global food crisis looms.

Ukraine is one of the world’s leading wheat producers, but its crop cannot be exported. More than 20 million tons have been in silos since Russia launched its invasion in February and blocked ports.

One cannot imagine that millions of tons of wheat remain blocked in Ukraine while the rest of the world’s population goes hungry. It’s a real war crime. »

A quote from Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

That battle of stories between the West and Russia, which blames the sanctions for worsening the food crisis and skyrocketing food prices, will be the focus of foreign ministers’ discussionsEU.

The European sanctions imposed on Russia do not target agricultural products and fertilizers. They can be sold, bought, exportedstressed Josep Borrell.

The Europeans have also pledged a billion euros (about C$1.37 billion) to tackle food insecurity in Africa caused by the blocking of Ukrainian grain exports and Moscow’s hike in the price of grain sales, Josep announced Borrell on.

I submitted to the ministers today [européens] an action plan to strengthen agricultural production, stabilize trade and initiate greater international cooperationhe added.

On land instead of on water

Mr. Borrell also called on Russia to open up key Black Sea routes to allow the export of these foods.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had already declared on June 8 that the ball was in Ukraine’s hands. According to him, it is up to Russia to demin the approaches to its Black Sea ports, because Moscow has already made the necessary commitments in this matter.

L’EU supports the efforts ofU.N. to reach an agreement that would resume Ukrainian grain exports in exchange for measures to facilitate Russian food and fertilizer exports. However, such an agreement requires the green light from Moscow.

Meanwhile, Germany and other countries are working to set up overland routes to bring out at least some of last season’s stock still in silos at the start of harvest.

Germany’s foreign minister said Berlin was helping Poland and Romania adapt their railways to facilitate overland exports. It is clear that at the end of the day we certainly cannot get all the grain out. But if we can send at least part of it in different ways, it can help us face this global crisis.said Annalena Baerbock.

In 2021, Kyiv harvested 84 million tons of grain, a record far exceeding 2020’s 65 million tons.

This year, farmers planted 14.2 million hectares of crops, while last year they planted 16.9 million hectares due to the Russian invasion, the Ministry of Agriculture estimates.

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