Blinken: blockade of Ukrainian ports is one of the factors of the crisis in Sri Lanka

Blinken: blockade of Ukrainian ports is one of the factors of the crisis in Sri Lanka

Blinken: blockade of Ukrainian ports – one of the factors of the crisis in Sri Lanka

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. July 10, 2022  

Secretary of State commented on the impact of Russian aggression against Ukraine on global food security

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken commented on the impact of Russian aggression in Ukraine on food insecurity and its potential impact on the state of affairs in Sri Lanka.

Statements by the head of the State Department were made during a press conference in Thailand following the G20 foreign ministers meeting.

“We see the impact of this (Russian aggression against Ukraine) around the world, and this may be one of the factors contributing to what happened in Sri Lanka,” the foreign minister stated.

“What we are seeing all over the world is… a decline in food security, which has been greatly exacerbated as a result of Russian aggression against Ukraine. And, as we have had the opportunity to discuss in recent days, more than 20 million tons of grain are in storage in Ukraine that cannot be taken out, cannot be delivered to feed people around the world, because Russia is blocking the ports of Ukraine in Odessa, on Black Sea,” the Secretary of State said.

Blinken noted that the shortage of fertilizers and rising prices are of great importance for a developing agrarian country like Thailand, since the absence of fertilizers means that next year the yield will decrease and prices may rise.

“This is one of reasons why President Biden allocated half a billion dollars a few weeks ago to boost U.S. fertilizer production that we can share with the world,” the head of the State Department said.

“Thus, we see that the consequences of Russian aggression are manifested everywhere,” Blinken stated. She could have contributed to the situation in Sri Lanka. We are concerned about the implications it has around the world. We are working hard to address these impacts, including devoting significant resources to the humanitarian needs of food insecurity right now, and investing in long-term production and sustainable development so that countries can produce the food they need for a long time to come.”

Thousands of protesters stormed the home and office of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the official residence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on Saturday as demonstrations escalated into violence.

Rajapaksa will retire on July 13th. Wickramasinghe also announced that he would leave his post in order to allow the interim government, consisting of representatives of all parties in the country, to take power.