Anthony Blinken and Annalena Baerbock speak to Media in Berlin, Germany, June 24, 2022 Blinken: 40 to 50 million people around the world are at risk of starvation due to Russia's actionsRussia's invasion of Ukraine, and not Western sanctions, as the Kremlin falsely claims, will cause an increase in the number of hungry people on the planet by 40-50 million people. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said this at a joint news conference in Berlin on Friday with German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock.
According to Blinken, the main reason for the current global food crisis is Russia's naval blockade of Ukraine and Moscow's refusal to export its own grain “in many cases due to political motives.”
Blinken and Burbock spoke at a joint press conference that was held after the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in Berlin. The participants of the meeting focused on supporting Ukraine and fighting Russian aggression.
The Secretary of State emphasized the “amazing cohesion” of the G7 countries in terms of military, economic and humanitarian support for Ukraine, as well as in putting pressure on Russia to end the war. According to him, today the meeting participants paid great attention to the consequences of Russian aggression of the second and third order.
The combination of the global COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the war in Ukraine has led to a very serious food security crisis, Blinken recalled, adding that Western sanctions imposed on Russia do not affect “food, fertilizer, insurers, shippers.”
“So there is no other reason than the Russian blockade of Ukraine and the refusal of Russia in many cases to export its own grain for political reasons – there is no reason why this can happen,” the Secretary of State said.
Blinken also said that “The United States is very fortunate to have such an ally as Germany in difficult and challenging times.”
“We coordinate virtually all activities that affect the lives of our people and people around the world, whether food security, whether it's COVID, whether it's technology and innovation… We are united in protecting our shared values. We are united in the defense of human rights, democracy and international law. We are united when it comes to today's major issues,” said the head of the State Department.
Annalena Burbock said international partners are working together to counter a “cynical” and potentially destabilizing “grain war” in the world announced by Russia, as well as the related propaganda and disinformation spread by Moscow.