Russia, through the Vladimir Putin administration, announced on Thursday afternoon that it is ready to reopen Ukrainian ports if Western nations lift sanctions on Russian exports.
“The main cause of the food crisis is the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union, which restrict the freedom to conduct business, especially in the case of food, including wheat,” said Andrei Rudenko, Russia’s deputy foreign minister. by Interfax and the Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore.
“Therefore, if our partners want a solution, it is necessary to solve the problems associated with the restriction of sanctions on Russian exports,” the Russian official stressed.
In the context of the invasion of Ukraine, Russia imposed a blockade on Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.
The United States, the European Union and the G7 Group have imposed heavy financial and trade sanctions on Russia over military intervention in Ukraine.
Russia agrees to reopen Ukrainian ports if Western sanctions on Russian exports be lifted
The Joseph Biden administration has called “false” allegations that sanctions imposed on Russia over military intervention in Ukraine have exacerbated the international food crisis. “Some have tried to say that the sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation by the United States and many other countries have aggravated the crisis. It is false. When we imposed sanctions on Russia in order to stop the war as soon as possible, we deliberately and carefully created exceptions for agricultural products and fertilizers, “Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, said on Wednesday evening, according to Ziarul Financiar.
Antony Blinken has argued that the Vladimir Putin administration is to blame for the international food crisis. “As for the decision to launch this unjustified war, the responsibility for disrupting supply sources and suffering around the world lies directly and exclusively with the Russian administration,” said Antony Blinken.
Agricultural prices have risen sharply in the context of the war in Ukraine and Western sanctions on Russia.
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