Russia’s State Duma chairman has claimed that European initiatives only benefit themselves
Russia has condemned the EU’s proposal to empty Ukraine’s grain reserves, saying such a move would only serve its member countries if the Ukrainians were left without any reserves.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday that Ukraine must help produce and export grain and wheat, adding that the EU would help the country clear its grain stores to make room for the next crop.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the United States to ease sanctions on Russia and Belarus over exports of potash fertilizer in exchange for allowing Russia to ship wheat from Ukraine.
However, these proposals only work for the benefit of the West, claims Russian State Duma chairman Bachelaslav Volodin.
“Residents of Ukraine will find themselves without stockpiles of grain, and, for future crops, firstly, they will still have to survive to see it, and secondly, they will not have diesel fuel and petrol for sowing seeds.” Volodin said.
“Only European countries will benefit from such a cruel proposal. The desire to get potash fertilizer from Russia (they don’t have their own) is about themselves again. “
Politicians have noted that Russia has always stood for mutually beneficial cooperation and especially for its development, but warned that the new sanctions “I can’t do anything good for Europe.” He added that with the exception of energy problems, the world would face food shortages by the end of the year and that these problems would not be imposed on Russia.
“Brussels supports Washington’s sanctions policy. In return they have increased the price in the name of biden. Volodymyr concluded.
Last month, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that Kyiv was regularly sending grain, corn, oil crops and farm animals to Romania in exchange for foreign weapons and ammunition, despite a shortage of food and agricultural products in the country.
“All of this is happening with severe food shortages for their own populations, as well as the absence of crops for spring sowing campaigns in most parts of Ukraine.” Colonel General Mikhail Mizinsev said that the head of Russia’s National Defense Management Center.
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has raised fears of a global grain shortage as wheat prices have reached a multi-year high since March. Russia and Ukraine are both major wheat suppliers, accounting for about 30% of global exports.
Russia invaded the neighboring country in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement, signed in 2014, and the final recognition of Moscow’s Donetsk and Lugansk’s Donbas republics. The German- and French-brokered Minsk protocol was designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpopular and has denied claims that it is planning to forcibly retake the two republics.