Josep Borrell Head of European diplomacy: Russia threatens the world with famine
The threat to global food security will be one of the main topics at the upcoming talks of EU foreign ministers on Monday
Russia is putting the world at risk of mass starvation due to a blockade of supplies Ukrainian grain and restrictions on its own grain exports, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell said on Saturday. at the EU Foreign Ministers' talks to be held on Monday in Luxembourg.
“We stand ready to work with the UN and our partners to prevent any adverse impact on global food security,” Borrell wrote in an article published on his official blog.
“Russia’s conscious political choice is to turn grain exports into “ weapon” and using it as a tool of blackmail against all those who oppose its aggression,” Borrell said.
“Russia has turned the Black Sea into a war zone by blocking grain and fertilizer supplies from Ukraine, which also affected Russian merchant ships. Russia also applies quotas and taxes on grain exports,” he added.
The sanctions imposed by the EU “do not prohibit Russia from exporting any agricultural products, paying for such Russian exports or supplying seeds, provided that the physical or entities under sanctions are not involved in the transactions… We are fully aware that there is a “battle of interpretations” around this issue of sanctions,” Borrell continued.
He added that the issue of resuming Ukrainian exports needs to be resolved by sea.
“We are working closely with the UN on this issue, and the EU and its member states are ready to contribute to the necessary actions to achieve this goal. We hope that a solution will be found in the coming days. If this is not done, it could cause a global food catastrophe,” warned the head of European diplomacy.