The Kremlin chief has insisted that Britain’s sanctions on Russian fertilizers are at the root of the world’s ongoing food supply problems – despite the absence of such sanctions
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked Britain, blaming the country for the current global food crisis.
The Kremlin chief said UK and US sanctions on Russian fertilizers are at the root of global food supply problems — even though there are no such sanctions.
He denied that Moscow had imposed a ban on grain exports from Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain exporters.
The former KGB agent-turned-politician said on Friday: “The situation will get worse because the British and Americans have imposed sanctions on our fertilizers.”
Putin went on to say that the best solution is to ship grain through Belarus, which conveniently would mean all sanctions against that country would have to be lifted.
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In an interview with Russian state television, he called reports of a Russian export ban a “bluff”.
His army has captured much of Ukraine’s southern coast and its warships control access to Black Sea ports.
“If anyone wants to solve the problem of Ukrainian grain exports – please, the easiest way is through Belarus. Nobody is stopping him,” Putin said.
“But for that you need to lift Belarus’ sanctions.”
Just last week, Putin told leaders of France and Germany that he was “ready” to explore ways to ship the grain stuck in Ukrainian ports, but again called for Western sanctions to be lifted.
In a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz last Saturday, Putin once again blamed the West for grain exports.
“Russia is ready to help find options for the unhindered export of grain, including the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports,” Putin told Macron and Scholz, the Kremlin said.
“Increasing the supply of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products will also help ease tensions in the global food market, which of course will require the relevant sanctions to be lifted.”
The Russian leader has sought to use grain shortages for his own political gain as his invasion of Ukraine enters its 100th day.
Britain is working with its European allies and America to devise a solution to get the grain and corn stuck in Ukraine out. Food security is of vital importance worldwide, but especially in Africa and the Middle East.
However, Putin’s propaganda has caught on with some national leaders after Senegalese President Macky Sall repeated his lies.
Sall, the head of the African Union, told EU leaders this week that Russian propaganda blaming western sanctions for the global food crisis is spreading in Africa.
Sall claimed that Russia is “ready” to export its grain and fertilizers but cannot because of the sanctions imposed on them.
Neither Britain, the EU nor the US have sanctioned Russian fertilizers or wheat.
However, the British Transport Ministry’s ban on Russian ships calling at British ports and sanctions against a number of oligarchs who are shareholders or founders of large Russian fertilizer plants will undoubtedly have had an impact.
The African Union, meanwhile, fears sanctions on Russia’s financial system will make it harder for countries to buy much-needed goods like grain and fertilizer.
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