On May 19, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev posted on Telegram saying: “Our country is ready to fulfill its obligations. But we also expect support from our trading partners, including on international platforms.”
“There is no logic for them to impose crazy sanctions against Russia on the one hand, and ask us for food on the other. Things don’t work out that way, we’re not fools.” Mr. Dmitry Medvedev said.
According to Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, countries “Our imports of wheat and other food would be very difficult without the supply from Russia. And in the fields of Europe and elsewhere, without our fertilizers, it would only be there are weeds growing.”
“We have every chance to make sure that other countries have food, and that a food crisis doesn’t happen. Just don’t interfere in our business.” Mr. Dmitry Medvedev stated.
Russia and Ukraine produce 30% of the global wheat supply.
Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine and an unprecedented series of international sanctions against Russia have disrupted supplies of fertilizer, wheat and other commodities from both countries. This drives up food and fuel prices, especially in developing countries.
The United Nations has called on Russia to allow Ukrainian grain exports to be held at Black Sea ports.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken once accused the Russian military of deliberately keeping “food supply” for millions of people around the world at the port.
On May 19, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reaffirmed Moscow’s position that the food crisis is the result of sanctions from the West.
“The record number of restrictions imposed on the Russian economy has been felt by the whole world. Moreover, economically vulnerable countries are the first to be affected.” Maria Zakharova said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman also stated that Moscow is continuing to provide food in accordance with trade agreements and humanitarian assistance. “We care about the stable functioning of the world food market.” Maria Zakharova said.
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