Nebenzya suspected the EU of accumulating grain instead of exporting to poor countries

Thus, Ukraine can “pay off” with Western countries for the supply of weapons, the permanent representative believes. In March, US President Joe Biden said that Washington, along with its allies, is looking for a way to get grain out of there

Nebenzya suspected the EU of accumulating grain instead of exporting to poor countries

European countries can accumulate exported grain in their storage facilities, and not transfer it to poor countries, said Vasily Nebenzya, Russian Ambassador to the UN at a meeting of the Security Council of the world organization on the topic of conflicts and food security.

“A logical question arises: where do these deliveries [of Ukrainian grain] go? How do they relate to food security in the world? We have reasonable suspicions that the grain is not going to the needs of the starving global South, but is being pumped into the granaries of European countries, — said the diplomat, admitting that this is how Ukraine “pays” with the West for arms supplies (TASS quote).

The global food crisis began long before the events in Ukraine, its main reasons were “an abrupt transition to green energy imposed on the whole world instead of a well-thought-out smooth energy transition, as well as the frank politicization of energy cooperation by a number of countries,” the permanent representative believes. The world community began “recklessly” refuse to participate in energy projects, which caused a sharp increase in energy prices, the diplomat said.

"Oil quotes in 2020–2022 increased by more than 22%, and this is diesel fuel for agricultural machinery, gasoline for agricultural carriers, electricity for the food industry" ;,— added Nebenzya.

Statements that the world is threatened by global famine were made by some Western politicians and experts. In particular, French President Emmanuel Macron reported that the authorities could introduce food checks to help the middle class and poor families. This state of affairs arose from the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, given that both countries are large exporters of agricultural crops, he said.

According to the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture, in the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— ten%. Ukraine also leads in terms of corn exports, its share reaches 14% (Russia has 2%). Also, Russian and Ukrainian suppliers exported 80% of sunflower oil and meal.

At the same time, Macron noted that the food crisis arose, among other things, due to rising energy prices. The German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Svenja Schulze, spoke about the possible beginning of the worst famine since the Second World War, the victims of which will be “millions”.

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In March, against the backdrop of what is happening in Ukraine, world food prices rose by a record 12.6% in 30 years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calculated. This was due to a significant rise in prices for vegetable oils (by 23.2% in March versus February) and grain crops (by 17.1%), the organization noted.

In turn, US President Joe Biden said that Washington, together with its allies, is trying to find a way to export about 20 million tons of grain from Ukraine in order to return it to the world market.

The Russian authorities believe that the food crisis is provoked by countries that have imposed sanctions against Moscow. In particular, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about this. The country's Foreign Ministry said that they were negotiating the export of grain from Ukraine, although not through the UN channels. Earlier, the organization accused Russia of blockade of Ukrainian ports.

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