Josep Borrell smashed the Russian fake about the EU’s fault in blocking the export of Ukrainian grain.
The European Union dispelled Russian fakes about food crisis in the world. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of African countries received a corresponding letter with an explanation.
This was announced by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell following a meeting of the EU Council for External Affairs.
The diplomat pointed out that it was the Russian Federation that was blocking the export of Ukrainian grain.
“This is a deliberate attempt to use food as a weapon in a war. This is a deliberate attempt to create world hunger in order to put pressure on the world, the EU and Ukraine. The typical Russian propaganda scheme is to create a problem and then blame us for it. They blame EU sanctions in the food crisis. These are not our sanctions, but Russian actions,” Borrell said.
According to him, the foreign ministers of African countries received a letter with a detailed explanation of the work of anti-Russian sanctions.
“At the same time, we are ready to study, together with the UN, cases that may occur in the event of an overreaction of some economic actors,” the diplomat summed up.
Theft of grain from Ukraine – what is known
On May 30, 2022, Andriy Yermak, head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said that the global food crisis provoked by Russia could still be avoided. According to him, it is necessary to unblock Ukrainian ports by sending military convoys of partner countries to the Black Sea, which will accompany grain cargoes.
As of June 7, Russia has stolen up to 500,000 tons of Ukrainian wheat worth $100 million since the Russian invasion in February. Most of this cargo was delivered by trucks to ports in occupied Crimea and then transported by ships, including those under Western sanctions.
The US State Department named the Russian vessels Matros Koshka, Matros Pozynich and Mikhail Nenashev as suspected of carrying stolen grain. These ships cruised between the Kerch Strait, which separates Crimea and Russia, and various ports in the Eastern Mediterranean.
At the same time, maritime tracking websites and experts noted that the Russian Federation hides information about involved vessels. In particular, sanctioned ships often turn off their transponders to hide their port of departure. Sometimes they moored in Turkey or Syria.
According to media reports, in Sevastopol Ukrainian grain is loaded onto ships every day.
Earlier it became known that the Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN prepared a roadmap to ensure the operation of a safe corridor for the export of agricultural products from the ports of our state.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said that in the food crisis that is unfolding in the world due to the war in Ukraine, only Russia is to blame.
On June 6, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the US had evidence that Russia steals grain from Ukraine for sale for profit.
On June 10, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba announced the active phase of negotiations to find solutions to overcome the global food crisis.