The European Union has laid on Russia full responsibility for the food crisis in the world

Also, the leaders of the EU countries call on the Russian Federation to unblock the Black Sea for the export of Ukrainian food.

The EU requires Russia to stop stealing Ukrainian grain / photo

European Union leaders call on Russia to stop steal grain and strike at agricultural targets in Ukraine.

This is stated in conclusions of the European Counciladopted at the meeting of heads of state and government of EU member states on June 23 in Brussels.

In particular, it is said that Russia, through the armed militarization of the food issue in the war against Ukraine, is solely responsible for the global food security crisis that it provoked.

“The European Council urges Russia to immediately stop attacking agricultural targets and seize grain, unblock the Black Sea, especially the port in Odessa, in order to allow grain exports and commercial shipping operations,” the conclusions say.

EU leaders say they support the efforts of UN Secretary-General António Guterres to this end.

At the same time, the heads of state and government of EU member states note that EU sanctions against Russia allow the free flow of agricultural and food products, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid.

At the same time, the European Council strongly supports efforts within the framework of the so-called “lines of solidarity” to facilitate the export of food from Ukraine through various land routes and ports of the EU. EU leaders are calling on the Commission and member states to step up their efforts, in particular in supporting developing countries, to reorient their supply chains.

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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.

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.

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