If anyone is responsible for the world food crisis, it is Russia, not the European Union, which continues to block exports and systematically bombard Ukraine. head of European diplomacy, Joseph Borrell, He once again accused Moscow of using hunger as a weapon of war, and the 27th. The battle of the story against the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, Despite sending a letter to African foreign ministers explaining the content and operation of European sanctions against Russia due to the war in Ukraine, to explain misunderstandings and clarify Europe’s stance.
“We haven’t lost the battle of the narratives, but it exists and we have to face it because others won’t give it to us because we are objectively right. We have to make an effort because there are those who have reason to believe that Russia is right, and that’s why I addressed African countries by letter,” he explained in the letter sent to African countries on how EU sanctions work. Who they affect, what can and cannot be done. and it was at the conclusion of a foreign ministers meeting that focused on the domestic and international implications, especially on food issues, the Spanish politician reiterated that he was guilty of blocking Ukrainian cereal. Vladimir Putin and not the twenty-seven or six rounds sanctioned so far.
“When more than 20 million grains are blocked in silos in Ukraine and someone blocks this food from reaching consumers. This has a cost. There are people who will starve. In this case, using food, grain as a weapon of war is a conscious act. It is a deliberate act to create famine in the world, to create pressure worldwide, in the EU and in Ukraine. That’s what’s happening,” he complained. A repeated Russian propaganda strategy. “They’re causing trouble and blaming others” but, recalling that “if we can pay for our gas, everybody can pay for their wheat,” he denied that the removal of Russian banks from the Swift payment system was a problem because agricultural exchanges did not. subject to sanctions.
Transition to Kaliningrad
Borrell also denied Lithuania It blocks the passage of goods and people into the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. According to Moscow, the Baltic republic, one of the most critical and harsh with Russia, imposes restrictions. “The road crossing between Kaliningrad and other regions of Russia did not stop. There is no blocking. Land crossing is not stopped, hindered or prohibited. Secondly, non-sanctioned passenger and goods transit continues,” said the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, after listening to his Lithuanian colleague, Gabrielius LandsbergisExplaining to his colleagues that there are no restrictions other than the products approved by the EU .
The meeting of foreign ministers also breaks the commitment of Twenty-Seven. military support Ukraine, because the war is going on and as if “all he wants (Vladimir Putin) is to physically destroy Ukraine, its infrastructure, its urban fabric, to destroy the idea that it is a Ukrainian nation”. Brussels’ proposal to grant Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status will have to decide at a summit of the EU’s 27 heads of state and government at the weekend.