Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, limiting the destinations of ships that export Ukrainian grain, since “the poorest countries” do not have access to it.
“Excluding Turkey as a mediator, practically all the grain that leaves Ukraine does not go to the poorest countries, but to Europe. Only 2 out of 87 ships go to developing countries. 60,000 tons of 2 million,” he stressed during the parliamentary session of the 7th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
“It is worth thinking about how to limit the export destinations of grains and other foods along this route. I will certainly discuss this with Turkish President Erdogan,” Putin said.
The Russian president pointed out that in the same way many European countries, in previous decades and centuries, “acted as colonizers, now they continue to act in the same way.”
“They have fooled the developing countries once again, and they continue to fool them,” he charged.
Putin noted that “with this approach the scale of global food problems will only increase, unfortunately.”
“This can cause an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe,” he warned.
He indicated that the rise in food prices in global markets could become “a real tragedy for the poorest countries, which face a deficit of food, energy sources and other essential goods.”
“If in 2019, according to the UN, 135 million people suffered from hunger in the world, now this number reaches the figure of 145 million people. This is terrible. The poorest countries lose access to food , and the purchase of these by developed countries causes a sharp increase in prices,” said the Russian president.
On July 22 last in Istanbul (Turkey) two separate documents were signed: one on Ukrainian grain exports and another on the export of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers.
The agreements, one with the signature of Ukraine and the other with Russia, were reached with the mediation of Turkey and the United Nations and established a corridor in the Black Sea to allow the export of food.
Russia has recently denounced that this agreement is not being fully complied with, since obstacles to Russian grain, food and fertilizer exports remain.