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The United States accuses Russia of taking the world hostage over food in the Ukrainian invasion

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says millions of people around the world are holding food as hostages and holding grain to help Russia “break the spirit of the Ukrainian people.” Blame.

He said the United Nations security convened by the United States that the war has stopped maritime trade in large areas of the Black Sea, endangering that area for navigation, confining Ukraine’s agricultural exports and endangering the world’s food supply. I told the meeting.

Blinken said the meeting he chaired was “further exacerbated by the conflict” and “an unprecedented moment of global hunger,” boosted by climate change and Covid-19.

Since Russia’s invasion on February 24, Ukraine has described its naval operations as a “intentional effort” to control access to the northwestern Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov and prevent the United States from passing safely. He said he was trying to block the port of Ukraine. Stop delivery.

“As a result of the Russian government’s actions, global food supplies have declined, prices have skyrocketed, and food insecurity has been experienced around the world, leaving about 20 million tons of grain unused in Ukrainian silos. “It has become,” Brinken said.

Russia’s UN Ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nevenzia, said as an “absolutely wrong” claim by the United States and Western countries that “we want to starve everyone, and only you and Ukraine care about how to save the country’s life.” I rejected it.

“You claim to prevent agricultural products from being taken out of Ukraine to the sea,” he said.

Antony Blinken told the UN Security Council that “Moscow and Moscow are the only decisions to weaponize food” (Andrea Renault / Pool / AP).

“But the truth is that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that blocked 75 vessels from 17 states and mined waterways at the ports of Nikolaev, Kherson, Chernomorsk, Mariupol, Ochakiv, Odesa and Yuzny. is.”

“Unless this issue is resolved, we cannot talk about the opportunity to export Ukrainian grain to the sea,” Nevensia warned.

He emphasized that Russia will continue to be a “responsible supplier of both food and energy.”

More than 10,000 sanctions on Russia have disrupted transportation routes, hindered Russian vessels from moving, banned entry into ports, created freight and insurance problems, restricted commerce, and made banking difficult. Said that it became.

“If you don’t want to lift the sanctions you choose, why are you blaming us for causing this food crisis?” He asked.

“Why do the poorest countries and regions need to suffer as a result of irresponsible geopolitical games?”

Blinken misrepresented Russia’s claim that sanctions were due to the exacerbation of the global food crisis and declared that “the only decision to weaponize food is Moscow and Moscow.”

“Sanctions do not block the ports of the Black Sea, confine food-filled ships, or destroy Ukrainian roads and railroads, as does Russia,” he said. “Sanctions are not about emptying Ukrainian grain storage silos or stealing Ukrainian farm tools. Russia is.”

Blinken said sanctions imposed by the United States and many others exempt Russia from exporting food, fertilizers and seeds, thus not preventing Russia from exporting food and fertilizers. “And we work with countries every day to ensure that they understand that sanctions do not impede the flow of these items,” he added.

It came after President Joe Biden threw his support behind Sweden and Finland’s application for NATO, as the Russian war in the heart of Europe challenges the security of the continent.

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