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Russia Downplays Role of Ukraine Conflict in Food Crisis

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Russia Downplays Role of Ukraine Conflict in Food Crisis

Russia on Wednesday rejected recommendations that grain caught in Ukrainian ports was fueling a world meals disaster as Moscow pressed forward with its navy offensive.

Moscow’s marketing campaign within the pro-Western nation has not solely devastated crops and farming, but additionally disrupted essential deliveries from Ukraine — one of many world’s fundamental grain producers — fueling concern about starvation and meals costs worldwide.

“As far as we know, there is much less grain than the Ukrainians say. There is no need to exaggerate the importance of these grain reserves,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters.

“This is too small a percentage to have an impact on the development of the food crisis that has already begun. It was not the Ukrainian crisis that caused or sped up the food crisis in the world,” he mentioned. 

“The Ukrainian side must say what they need, whether they want to send this grain somewhere at all,” Peskov added. 

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was in Ankara for talks to create a safety hall to ship grain from Ukraine, struck an identical word.

“The current situation with Ukrainian grain has nothing to do with the food crisis,” Lavrov added.

Russia and Ukraine produce 30% of the worldwide wheat provide.

Russia has repeatedly denied blocking the passage of cargo ships loaded with Ukrainian grain, as an alternative blaming Western sanctions in opposition to Moscow for contributing to the meals disaster. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned Monday that about 20-25 million tons of grain had been at the moment blocked in Ukrainian ports and that might develop to 70-75 million tons within the autumn. 

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