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Borrell affirms that the EU tries that its sanctions do not impact global food security

The high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, assured this Saturday that the community club is “ready” to work with the United Nations and other partners with the aim of “avoiding any unwanted impact” of the sanctions. against Russia on global food security, although he stressed that the restrictive measures of the Twenty-seven do not apply to food.

We must urgently allow Ukraine to export its grain through the Black Sea. We also see a ‘narrative battle’ over Russian grain and fertilizer exports. While our sanctions do not target these exports, we stand ready to work with the UN and our partners to prevent any unintended impact on global food security,” Borrell wrote in a blog post about him. “We are ready to discuss these matters through experts to identify concrete obstacles, including potential payment difficulties, and work to find solutions,” she says.

Russia has accused the West of causing the current food security crisis, even though those countries’ sanctions do not affect food. “When the Russian propaganda machine claims that we are responsible for the food crisis, they are nothing more than cynical lies, like so many others that this machine has been spreading for many years,” says the Spanish politician, adding that this cynicism “was evident when Russia bombed Ukraine’s second largest grain silo in Mikolaiv.”

“All those who want to limit the world food crisis should, above all, help us increase the pressure on Russia to stop its war of aggression,” writes the head of European diplomacy. “To avoid a global food calamity, the main priority remains to stop the war and get Russian troops out of Ukraine,” which is the “goal of the EU’s massive support for Ukraine and the restrictive measures we are applying with our allies against the Putin regime.

It stresses, however, that “we have never targeted Russian agricultural and fertilizer exports” and that the sanctions do not prohibit Russian exports or their payment “as long as the sanctioned persons or entities are not involved.” Nor do they restrict operations outside the community territory or for “operators not belonging to the EU, unless the business is carried out, at least partially, within the European Union”.

Finally, Borrell denounces that Russian troops “bombard, mine and occupy arable land in Ukraine, attack agricultural equipment, warehouses, markets, roads, bridges in Ukraine and block Ukrainian ports, which prevents the export of millions of tons of grain. to world markets.” “Russia turned the Black Sea into a war zone, blocking grain and fertilizer shipments from Ukraine, but also affecting Russian merchant shipping. Russia is also applying quotas and taxes to its grain exports. Russia’s conscious political choice is to turn these exports into weapons and use them as a tool to blackmail anyone who opposes its aggression, “he says. (Efe)

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