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Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on "Russian threat to food security"

Representatives of the collective West members are tripping over each other as they scramble to accuse Russia of undermining global food security. The G7 has issued a special statement in this regard. To be sure, we responded.

Those most deeply concerned reinforced the choir by their solo performances.

The other day, German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock said on the sidelines of the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting that the situation in Ukraine may trigger global famine. Before that, Joe Biden spoke in a similar vein, “The American farmers understand Putin’s war has cut off critical sources of food. <…> If those tons [of grain] don’t get to market, an awful lot of people in Africa are going to starve to death because they [Ukraine] are the sole supplier of a number of African countries.”

That is, Russia is now to blame for famine in Africa. No one ever went hungry there before, as everyone knows.

It is easy to debunk this fake manufactured by Washington and its allies with numbers and facts.

Let’s look at the situation from the perspective of economic experts.

Even before the special operation in Ukraine, international agricultural production was among the worst affected areas due to global economic instability. The current food market situation has been taking shape over at least the past two years. The commodity exchanges show that wheat prices grew by 25 percent in 2021 alone. By February, they were significantly above average prices in 2017-2021 (up to 62 percent). The price of corn has increased by 162 percent and rapeseed by 175 percent within a span of two years. Moreover, prices have retraced from their peak values. These are standard market price fluctuations, which are not unusual for the global grain markets in recent history.

Why have grain prices been rising over the past two years? There are several reasons behind that.

First, it was the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted supply chains and increased freight and insurance costs. In 2020-2021, the developed economies sharply increased their financial injections into their respective economies in order to overcome the aftermath of the pandemic. The aggregate value of anti-crisis measures in the United States, the EU and Japan amounted to over $8 trillion, which drove the demand up and whipped up inflation (including food prices). The trend was further exacerbated by open trade wars between the key players and persistent sharp contradictions in the agricultural market regulations, which led to food stocks dropping to their lowest over the past 5 to10 years, sending grain prices higher. Moreover, freight rates have almost doubled.

Second, some Western countries hastened their transition to green energy in hopes of developing alternative energy sources at the expense of traditional fuels, which led to increased energy prices. In particular, oil prices in 2020-2022 grew by over 22 percent in the face of a drop in demand during austere pandemic-related restrictions. Natural gas prices have risen significantly as well. As a result, prices for mineral fertiliser went through the roof in December 2021. Prices for carbamide and saltpetre increased 3.5-4 times, and prices for other types of fertilisers surged 2.5-3 times. What do we need mineral fertiliser for? That’s right, agriculture. The higher the price of fertilisers, the higher the price of a bushel of grain. As a reminder, all of that happened before February 24.

Third, the short-sighted and selfish policy of the developed Western countries has played its role. During the coronacrisis, the United States and Europe actually redirected commodity flows, including food flows, towards themselves, thus worsening the already difficult situation in developing countries that are dependent on food imports. The United States and Europe were buying increasing amounts of food that they did not really need, leaving nothing for the countries of Africa and Asia. The situation was further exacerbated by low food stocks, adverse weather and inadequate investment in this industry.

Amid rising fuel and fertiliser prices, farmers began to reduce the planted acreage across the board, which made agricultural produce increasingly scarce against the backdrop of ever-growing demand. A drop in supply amid growing demand means higher prices.

Fourth, the sanctions, which are of primary importance. The unilateral economic pressure measures imposed by the collective West on our country in February-March 2022 exacerbated the negative trends on the global food and energy markets and in the manufacturing industry. Payment restrictions and supply chain disruptions affected all economic operators, including agricultural companies, which ran into financial and transport difficulties when servicing food contracts. In the face of uncertainty, agricultural producers started questioning their choices concerning investment in expanding or even maintaining their operations. Some have decided to change how they do business, which further reduced supply on the market.

Unilateral sanctions, including threats of wide-sweeping arrests of dry cargo ships and disconnecting Russian financial institutions from SWIFT, have significantly exacerbated the problem of disrupted supply and financial chains involving Russian economic operators. Given Russia’s role in agricultural trade, this could not but affect the food supplies to our partners. Despite being fully aware of Russia’s role on the global agricultural market and of the challenging global food security situation, the West has nonetheless imposed sanctions affecting the agricultural sector and worsened the already distressing situation.

Washington, London and Brussels were not concerned about the fact that this could lead to malnutrition, even starvation, in certain parts of the world.

That said, even despite the difficulties manufactured by the West and in full accordance with the previously reached contractual agreements, the Russian Federation will continue to fulfil in good faith its obligations concerning the export of agricultural produce, fertilisers, energy and other critical products.

For many years now, we have been accused of creating threats to energy security and hearing claims that Russia is weaponising its gas supplies and can cut them off if it deems that something went wrong for it.

The “if something” situation is here, but Russia continues its gas supplies. Those who intimidated the world with tales of the Russian energy switch, namely, Washington, are forcing everyone to say no to Russian gas.

So, who has created the threat to energy security? Ditto for the food.




22.06.2022 - Press release on threats to global food security and Ukrainian grain supplies to international markets

As far as the blockage of Ukrainian grain shipments by sea is concerned, we emphasise that Russia has never hindered the export of grain from Ukrainian Black Sea ports. In reality, safe navigation in Ukrainian territorial waters and the use of ports are currently impossible due to the high level of danger posed by mines and threat of shelling created by Kiev.

14.06.2022 - Foreign Ministry Statement on personal sanctions on UK citizens in the media and the defence lobby

In response to the British government’s anti-Russia actions to impose personal sanctions on our country’s leading journalists and heads of defence companies,Russiahas included senior executives and correspondents from a number of major British media, as well as representatives of the command of the armed forces, the defence industry, and theUKdefence lobby on the Russian “stop list.”

14.06.2022 - Embassy comment on the recent events in Donbass, 14 June 2022

Over the weekend we witnessed a dramatic increase in Ukrainian forces shelling of the city of Donetsk. The Mayor of Donetsk, Mr Alexey Kulemzin, has reported that on 13 June indiscriminate artillery strikes of the city centre lasted over 6 hours, killing at least 5 and wounding 33 civilians. The intensity of fire, with over 700 rockets and shells falling over the peaceful city and other towns and villages of the Donetsk People’s Republic, amounts to a full-fledged and purposeful military operation. In the recent days, bombardments covered a number of purely civilian areas and targets, including Vishnevskiy maternity hospital and Mayskiy market. Deliberate targeting and shelling of civilian objects is a war crime.

01.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions following a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Riyadh, June 1, 2022

The main conclusion from the assessment of the geopolitical situation is that one group of countries must not be allowed to establish domination in the world. Unfortunately, our Western partners have made this an absolute priority. They are openly announcing the need for a unipolar world order that they call “a rules-based order.” But it is the West that is drafting these rules (and they do not hide this). In their opinion, others do not have this right.

29.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with French TV channel TF1, Moscow, May 29, 2022

Sergey Lavrov: Unlike our Western colleagues, we are not chasing after the external effects. Nor do we regard the international actions we take as aimed at winning someone’s approval or achieving success, as you said. We are doing what we are forced to do. We are defending people and the Russian language, which has been exposed to direct discrimination and aggression by the Poroshenko and Zelensky regimes in Ukraine. We are defending Ukraine from nazification, which has persisted there for years, with the West’s direct connivance.

27.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 38th meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation, Moscow, May 27, 2022

Colleagues, We are holding a regular meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation. The meeting is taking place against the background of the special military operation in Ukraine, which is being conducted in connection with the tasks set by President of Russia Vladimir Putin, tasks involving the protection of civilians, the elimination of the Ukraine-posed security threats to the Russian Federation, and the denazification of this kindred country whose people have suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of a regime which encourages extreme neo-Nazi sentiments and practices.

23.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions as part of the 100 Questions for the Leader project at the Yevgeny Primakov School, Moscow, May 23, 2022

I am glad to see you. My visits here are not frequent, but they are regular. And each time, I feel energised. Tomorrow, the eleven-formers will have to choose their path in life. It will not be long before the rest of you (the eight- to ten-formers) will also find yourselves at the same threshold. It is important to understand the substance of your life, the future substance of our society’s life within the framework of the professional trends that will be a factor in your employment and careers. In addition to my meetings with students at schools, I regularly meet with MGIMO students. They keep those engaging in practical politics on their toes. Policy-making should be approached in such a way as to enable our successors to see prospects and understand that the course mapped by their predecessors meets their interests.

20.05.2022 - Embassy comment on recent accusations against Russia of creating a threat of a global food crisis

Recent accusations against Russia of creating a threat of a global food crisis by not letting cargo ships with grain out of Odessa and other Ukrainian ports have nothing to do with reality. The situation in the Black Sea is at the centre of attention of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), headquartered here in London.

18.05.2022 - Foreign Ministry Statement on the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the Council of the Baltic Sea States

The situation at the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) has been deteriorating. The NATO and EU members of the CBSS have turned their backs on equitable dialogue and the principles upon which this regional Baltic organisation was built, and have consistently turned it into an anti-Russia political tool. Unlawful and discriminatory decisions are approved in violation of the consensus rule. Russia has been “excluded” from participating in CBSS work and projects. Belarus’ observer status with the CBSS has been “suspended.”

09.05.2022 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin laid a wreath to the Soviet War Memorial in London, 9 May 2022

On Victory Day Ambassador Andrei Kelin laid a wreath to the Soviet War Memorial in London. The ceremony was also attended by other CIS countries’ Ambassadors, members of the Russian Speaking Community Council and the Russian diaspora in UK. Following the ceremony the Ambassador gave an interview to Russian media.

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