Putin announced his readiness to guarantee the passage of ships with wheat from Ukraine

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The accusations of Russia in the food crisis are an attempt to shift the problem “from a sick head to a healthy one”, since the unfavorable situation on the world food market began to take shape even before the special operation in Ukraine. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He said that Russia is ready to ensure the unhindered export of Ukrainian grain “without any problems” through controlled ports. According to him, the Russian side is completing the clearance of the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov.

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“We are ready to ensure the smooth export of Ukrainian grain through these ports,”— Putin assured.

The head of state noted that the easiest and cheapest way to export Ukrainian grain is through Belarus, but for this the West must lift sanctions from Minsk. The Russian leader specified that grain from Belarus would go immediately to the Baltic ports, to the Baltic Sea, and then— anywhere in the world.

Putin stressed that the unfavorable situation on the world food market began to take shape much earlier than the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.

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According to him, the food crisis began to take shape back in February 2020 in the process of dealing with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, when it was necessary to restore the global economy. Thus, Washington began to inject large sums of money to support the population and individual enterprises and sectors of the economy.

He noted that in the United States from February 2020 to the end of 2021, the money supply grew by $5.9 trillion, calling it “unprecedented work of the printing press.” As a result, food prices began to rise. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen admitted they made a mistake, Putin added.

“So this is the mistake of the financial, economic authorities of the United States, it has nothing to do with Russia’s actions in Ukraine, nothing at all,” — said the Russian leader.

The second reason the President of Russia called “short-sighted policy”; the European Union, especially in the energy sector. As a result, banks stopped lending, insurance companies— to insure transactions, the construction of specialized transport was reduced. All this has led to underinvestment in the global energy sector, and as a result— price increase, Putin explained.

At the end of May, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen accused Moscow of allegedly using food as a weapon. “Russia uses hunger and grain to gain influence,” — she said.

Fears of a global food shortage have been raised since the start of the military operation in Ukraine, as Russia and Ukraine— one of the largest grain suppliers in the world (16% and 10% of global wheat exports in the 2021/22 season, respectively).

Wheat prices have risen to record levels since the outbreak of hostilities.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also accused Russia of aggravating the food crisis in Ukraine. About 20 million tons of grain remain unused on the territory of the country, he stressed.

On April 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense suspended the movement of foreign warships and other government ships in three areas of the Black Sea for six months.

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