Russia is ready to make a dramatic contribution to the fight against the food economy if the West takes the measures taken because of the war in Ukraine. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, May 26, in a telephone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Reuters reports.
The heads of state discussed the situation in Ukraine, the food crisis and its impact on poor countries. Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia is ready to export grain and products, if there are conditions for fulfillment.
The Kremlin said that Putin told Mario Draghi about the steps taken to ensure the safety of navigation, including the daily opening of humanitarian corridors for the exit of ships from the ports of the Azov and Black Seas, which leads to the penetration of the Ukrainian side.
Now, up to 4.5 million tons of consumer goods are blocked in Ukrainian ports, which cannot be delivered to buyers due to hostilities, which belong to Russia. The world’s stocks of wheat are only enough for 10 weeks of global consumption, said yesterday Sarah Menker, head of the analytical company Gro Intelligence, speaking at the UN Security Council.
In addition, the Russian president, in a telephone conversation on May 26, guaranteed Mario Draghi uninterrupted gas supplies to Italy at fixed prices in contracts.
No other details of the call were released.
In addition, on May 26, the Italian Embassy in Russia announced that it was suspending the acceptance of documents for visas due to the discharge of diplomats, as well as detained The Central Bank of Russia against the bank that serves the weight on the occasion of the consular fee.
- According to the US State Department, wheat supplies from Russia and Ukraine account for almost 30% of world trade, and Ukraine was the world’s fourth largest exporter of corn and the world’s fifth largest exporter of wheat.
- The Black and Azov seas are controlled by government ships. On May 1, the Ministry of Statistics of Ukraine decided to close the seaports of Berdyansk, Mariupol, Skadovsk and Kherson until these territories were liberated.
- The G7 countries said that Russia is using the current situation as an instrument of “hybrid warfare”. In March, the UN recorded an increase in food prices by more than 12 percent. This has been a record since 1990.
- By data CNN, in mid-May, the Russian ship Matros Pozynich, with grain on its doorstep, tried to sell it in Egypt and Lebanon, but buyers withdrew detection due to suspicions the cargo might have been stolen in Ukraine. After that, the ship left for Syria.