Russia’s return to the UN Black Sea Grain Initiative is good news, but it does not change the fact that it was Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine that caused the global food crisis. It was stated by EU High Representative at the G7 meeting in Germany on November 3, 2022.
“Food and fertilizers are not under the European Union’s sanctions. It is not [because of] our sanctions that there is a scarcity of food in the world. It is because of the blockade of Russia of the exports of grain from Ukraine. It is good news that Russia has decided to go back to the deal brokered by the United Nations and Türkiye. But for many weeks and months, Ukrainian grain was not exported. You can count it on the number of people suffering [from] hunger,” said Josep Borrell.
According to the EU High Representative, the European Union should cooperate with international partners to support Ukraine.
“So, we have to reach out to the international community. We have to continue implementing the sanctions against the Russian economy. We have to support Ukraine’s military, as we are doing. The European Union has already allocated €22 billion to support Ukraine – €22 billion,” concluded Josep Borrell.