Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned of a looming global food crisis and said he would discuss amending a landmark grain deal with Ukraine to limit the countries that can receive cargo shipments.
Utin said Wednesday Moscow was doing everything it could to ensure Ukraine could export its grain, but that problems in the global food market were likely to worsen and a humanitarian catastrophe loomed.
Putin said Russia signed the Turkey-UN brokered deal in July on the premise it would help ease rising food prices in developing countries, but instead rich Western countries used the deal.
“If we exclude Turkey as an intermediate country, almost all grain exported from Ukraine is sent not to the poorest developing countries but to the countries of the European Union,” Putin told an economic forum in the eastern city of Vladivostok on Wednesday.
Putin said only two out of 87 ships carrying 60,000 tons of products went to poor countries as he accused the West of acting as a colonial state.
“Once again, the developing world has simply been fooled and continues to be fooled. It is evident that with this approach, the magnitude of the world’s food problems will only increase…which may result in an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.”
Putin said he would consider “limiting destinations on grain and other food exports” and was discussing the idea with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who helped broker the deal to unlock exports from Ukraine’s southern ports in July.
Several senior Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, have said over the past 24 hours that Moscow is not satisfied with the terms of the deal and that the West is not fulfilling its commitments.
Moscow says it has been promised the lifting of some logistical sanctions disrupting its own exports of agricultural products and fertilizers in exchange for easing the military blockade of Ukraine’s southern ports to allow food cargo to leave their ports. Lavrov said Tuesday he hadn’t seen any moves from the West to defuse the situation.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/putin-says-he-wants-to-restrict-destinations-for-ukraines-grain-exports-41968068.html Vladimir Putin says he wants to restrict grain export destinations from Ukraine