The department “debunked the myths” of Brussels about the destruction of Ukrainian agriculture by Russia. Moscow is interested in the food self-sufficiency of Kyiv and is making efforts in this area, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasizes
The food security of Ukraine meets the national interests of Russia and helps to reduce the migration burden on it, according to the material published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “On the myths of the European Union in the field of food and energy security.”
The agency called the myth voiced by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the opinion that Russia “purposefully destroys Ukrainian agriculture, including agricultural machinery, granaries and specialized infrastructure.”
“Russia is interested that Ukraine, like the DPR and LPR, remains a self-sufficient state in terms of food security,— says in the text.— <…> We are making the necessary efforts for this.
In particular, Russia has begun a sowing campaign in the territories taken under control during the hostilities and is engaged in the restoration of agricultural infrastructure, the Foreign Ministry notes. Russian producers will provide vegetable and grain seeds for shipment to the DPR and LPR, 40 tons of seed have already been sent to the region. In the south of the Kherson region, the military “during the humanitarian demining of agricultural land” neutralized more than 12 thousand explosive objects. More than 200 hectares of “liberated territories” were cleared of explosive devices in the DPR.
“It is the European Union that is engaged in undermining the foundations of agriculture, and not only Ukrainian agriculture,” — the ministry said. They accused the European Union of deployed “full-scale mobilization in order to promptly export millions of tons of Ukrainian grain to the European Union”: according to the department, Brussels plans to export “in a western direction” about 20 million tons of grain before the beginning of July, despite “a significant decline in the harvest in Ukraine predicted by international experts”; this year. “For this, transport corridors are being created, alternative to the sea route blocked due to the fault of Kyiv itself. It is planned to promptly send additional trucks and freight cars to the Ukrainian border for transporting grain, barges, to include special slots for trains with Ukrainian grain in the railway schedule, and customs duties on Ukrainian exports are canceled for a year. Grain, corn, oilseeds are exported in huge volumes, — enumerate diplomats. This, according to their data, is evidenced by “numerous videos published in the media.” At the same time, the EU “in the most cynical way” baselessly accuses Russia of “confiscation of Ukrainian stocks”; grain and agricultural machinery, the document notes.
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The global food situation has worsened against the backdrop of the Russian military operation in Ukraine: both countries are among the largest grain exporters, and due to the conflict, supplies to international markets are difficult. At the end of May, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned that due to the fighting and the resulting threat to grain supplies and rising wheat prices, the number of hungry people could increase by 18 million to 218 million.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on May 24, von der Leyen said Russia was “bombing grain warehouses in Ukraine” and Russian ships in the Black Sea were “blocking Ukrainian ships loaded with wheat and sunflower seeds.” The head of the European Commission stressed that poor countries and the most vulnerable segments of the population would suffer the most from such actions.
Head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell called for reaching an agreement with Russia on the export of 20 million tons of wheat from Ukraine. “The consent of Russia is required for the use of the sea route. This is the most important topic, & mdash; he said.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly said that they are ready to facilitate the unhindered export of grain from Ukrainian ports.
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