Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that resolving the growing global food crisis caused by the conflict in Ukraine depends on the West and Kiev.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Western sanctions have disrupted supplies of wheat and other commodities from the two countries, raising concerns about the risk of hunger around the world.
During a visit to Bahrain, Lavrov told reporters that Western countries had “created many artificial problems by closing their ports for Russian ships, disrupting logistics and financial chains.”
“What’s more important to them is to consider: raising public awareness about food security or taking strong action to address this issue,” he added.
Lavrov called on Ukraine to de-mine its territorial waters to allow ships to pass safely through the Black and Azov seas.
“If the de-mining problem is solved … the Russian navy will ensure uninterrupted passage of these ships to the Mediterranean and later to (their) destination,” Lavrov said.
Russia and Ukraine produce about 30 percent of the world’s wheat supply.
President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that Moscow was ready to work with Ankara to free maritime shipping from Ukraine and blamed global shortages for “short-sighted” Western policy.
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