Borrell is asking for support to urge Russia to resume the initiative to export grain from Ukraine

The High Representative for Foreign Policy of the European Union (EU), Josep Borrellasked for support from EU countries this Thursday urge Moscow to resume the initiative to export grain from Ukraine and cease his attacks on that country’s agricultural infrastructure.

“When the international community speaks with a clear and unified voice, Russia may reconsider and resume its involvement in this vital initiative“, Borrell hinted at the agreement to export grain from Ukraine across the Black Sea in a letter to the foreign ministers of the 27 states, to which EFE had access.

In particular, the head of European diplomacy called for the countries’ “support” to “urge Russia to return to negotiations and refrain from attacks on Ukraine’s agricultural infrastructure.”

Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement a year ago mediated by the United Nations and Turkey for grain exports from Ukraine across the Black Sea.

However, the agreement was extended last March and May Russia announced on July 17 that it would not extend ita decision which, according to the same letter, “further aggravates the situation”. world food crisiswhich puts hundreds of millions of vulnerable people around the world at risk.”

In the letter, Borrell denounced that in addition to withdrawing from the initiative, he also Moscow “destroyed Ukraine’s grain stores.” and the port infrastructure, with daily targeted attacks for more than a week, not only on the Black Sea but also on the Danube.”

The attacks, he said, were ongoing “Negative effects” by increasing the cost of living, especially for people in import-dependent countries.

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“This is totally unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms by the international community,” he said.

Borrell warned against this There is already an increase in the price of wheat and cornand warns that heightened volatility in food prices is likely to persist going forward.

According to the head of European diplomacy, the main beneficiaries of the blockade of the initiative are Russia and its agricultural sector.

It also criticized Moscow for “reaching vulnerable countries with bilateral offers of grain supplies at reduced prices, pretending to solve a problem it created itself.”

“It is a cynical policy to deliberately weaponize food to create new dependencies by exacerbating economic weakness and global food insecurity,” Borrell said.

The person responsible for European diplomacy points out in the letter that the EU hopes so Russia ‘reconsidering its decision’ and that in the meantime they are “fully committed to finding a solution”.

In this regard, he noted that the Twenty-Seven will continue to support efforts by the United Nations and Turkey to resume the Black Sea Grains Initiative and that “solidarity routes” will be further strengthened as alternative routes for Ukraine’s agricultural exports.

In addition, the EU plans to increase financial support to the countries and people most in need with €18 billion to ensure food security by 2024, with a focus on the most vulnerable regions.

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