New Delhi, May 27: Even as Russia has committed to cooperate with the United Nations on unblocking Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, to facilitate the export of over 20 million tonnes of grain lying unused in conflict zones , but there is no sign of the current controversy. solved anytime soon.
As the world grapples with the food and energy crisis triggered by the Ukraine crisis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko spoke on Wednesday about building a humanitarian corridor for ships carrying grain for export to leave Ukraine.
However, the restoration of supply chains and transport and logistics systems is still far from becoming a reality in the coming weeks as Moscow has made it clear that there is a ‘constant call’ for the creation of new humanitarian coordination mechanisms with the participation of A large number of participants are ‘inconceivable’ to solve the problems of blocking Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.
At a May 19 meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the issue of hunger and armed conflict, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres revealed that a ‘package deal’ was being worked out, which in turn would allow Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. export will be allowed. Removal of restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian fertilizers and food to world markets.
“Any meaningful solution to global food insecurity requires reintegration of Ukraine’s agricultural production and Russia and Belarus’ food and fertilizer production into world markets, despite the war,” the UN chief said.
But Russia was angered by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s remarks of Vladimir Putin’s government ‘using the hunger of citizens’ to advance its objectives.
Blinken said food supplies for millions of Ukrainians and millions of people around the world have been “literally taken hostage by the Russian military” as prices skyrocket around the world.
Russia retaliated immediately for instigating the food crisis.
‘They almost tried to present us as the main enemy of mankind. Russia’s foreign ministry commented after the UNSC meeting that Ukraine was called the ‘bread basket of the world’ and preferred to remain silent about Russia’s status as the largest exporter of wheat.
At the same meeting, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, noted the systemic failures in the global economy that led to the current situation. Calling Ukraine the “real culprit”, he accused Kyiv of blocking the port of Odessa, which was mined by the Ukrainian side, as well as the vast waters of the Black Sea.
You claim that we are allegedly blocking the possibility of exporting agricultural products by sea from Ukraine. However, the truth is that it is Ukraine, not Russia, that continues to block 75 foreign ships from 17 states in the ports of Nikolaev, Kherson, Chernomorsk, Mariupol, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny, and it is Ukraine that has blocked the Black Sea. Mined sea. How can we talk about export of food grains?’ Nebenzya questioned.
Russia says its armed forces daily open a humanitarian corridor, a safe lane for the movement of ships in a south-westerly direction from Ukrainian territorial waters. Instead it accused Kyiv of avoiding talks with representatives of foreign ship-owning states in order to resolve the issue of the safe exit of blocked ships into the assembly area.
At another UN General Assembly meeting on Monday, Dmitry Chumakov, the Russian Federation’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, argued that Russia remains a responsible supplier of both energy resources and food.
‘If ‘external puppets’ can tell the Kyiv wards that the time for democracy has passed and the time has come to remove their mines, the export of grain from the ports of Odessa, Nikolaev, Kherson, Yuzhny, etc. will soon resume will begin. As much as possible, said Chumakov.
Moscow said it continues to meet its obligations under commercial contracts and send food aid to needy populations of developing countries.
At a reception hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on the occasion of Africa Day on Wednesday, Russia urged its friends in the African Union to “relentlessly demand” that the West should “relentlessly demand” those “illegals” that undermine transport and logistics infrastructure. Eliminate ‘unilateral restrictions’. is essential for world trade, which poses risks especially to vulnerable sections of the population in the world’s second largest continent.
Food security continues to deteriorate in the Horn of Africa, hit by the longest drought in four decades, affecting more than 18 million people.
Knowing full well that African countries are among the most vulnerable in ensuring food security – and some of them are critically dependent on imports of agricultural products from Russia – Moscow highlighted the importance of maintaining social stability and These deliveries are very important to achieve the set milestones. Sustainable Development Goals approved by the United Nations.
Lavrov told the chiefs, “I would like to once again strongly assure you that Russia is fulfilling and faithfully fulfilling its obligations under international contracts with respect to export deliveries of food, fertilizers, energy carriers and other goods.” will continue to do so.” Africa’s diplomatic mission in Moscow on Wednesday.
Stating that Africa’s voice ‘must be heard’ and a ‘more principled position’ on the issue should be taken by the UN Secretary General, Lavrov said Ukraine has become a ‘bargaining chip in the global anti-Russian game’. US Congressmen are now preparing a draft law to counter Russia’s hostile activity in Africa.
It is important to facilitate mutual access of Russian and African economic operators to each other’s markets, to encourage their participation in large-scale infrastructure projects … engagement with Africa,’ he said.
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