sanctions and food crisis have nothing to do

Ukrainian Foreign Minister: sanctions and food crisis have nothing to do

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Western clearances to Russia had “no association” with the development of the food starvation scene.

In a proclamation on Twitter, Mr Kuleba said: “The clearances on Russia have no connection to the unfolding global food emergency.

“The only justification behind the deficiencies, the rising costs and the danger of nostalgia is that the Russian military is actually obstructing 22 million tons of Ukrainian food products in our seaports.

“Ask Moscow to end its barricade.”

Russia and Ukraine are huge exporters of some of the largest varieties of staple foods in the world. And between them are responsible for 53% of world trade in sunflower oil and seeds and 27% of wheat trade, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Currently, Ukraine has huge quantities of wheat that it cannot market due to the conflict.

Moscow and Kyiv traded fouls over who is responsible for limiting shipments. Russia claiming Ukrainian ocean mines prevented safe entry.

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