Russia declares to only export food to friendly countries
Harvest in a wheat field. (Photo: Sputnik)
Deputy Chairman of Russia’s National Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said on April 3. Earlier, Mr. Medvedev emphasized Food is a “silent weapon” in the fight against Western sanctions. Russia can stop buying and selling food with countries Russia considers unfriendly.
Russia is one of the world’s largest grain producers, alongside India and China. Russia is also the largest wheat exporter.
Russia supplies 18% of the world’s wheat and 39% of canola oil. If Russia restricts exports of these items or the world refuses to import these items from Russia, it could exacerbate global hunger, according to the Washington Post.
Agricultural exports brought Russia $ 37 billion in 2021, and Russia has “a lot of customers” outside of Europe and North America.
In 2014, after Russia annexed Crimea, the United States and the European Union (EU) inflicted economic sanctions on Moscow. Russia has responded with a number of measures, including a ban on imports of many foods. The West has imposed more sanctions since February 24, when Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine.
The risk of food shortages in the world was warned after the Russia-Ukraine war broke out. Ukraine is also the leading wheat producer in the world.
On March 31, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree, according to which gas exports to “unfriendly countries” (those that have imposed economic sanctions on Russia) will have to be payments in rubles starting April 1.
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