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Russia calls on West not to politicize grain supplies

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Russia calls on West not to politicize grain supplies

Moscow, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin urged Western countries not to ideologize and politicize the supply of Russian and Ukrainian food, but to increase their amount.

“The West intimidates with the threat of hunger. But instead of ideologizing and politicizing this issue, it would be better to increase the capacities for the supply of this large amount of agricultural production and fertilizers abroad, without which agriculture in other countries will simply stop”, Vershinin told the TASS agency.

Vershinin also stated that in order to resolve the problems related to the export of grains from Russia and Ukraine, he participated in meetings at the United Nations with the UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, and the Assistant Secretary General, Martin Griffiths.

The diplomat stressed that the central axis of the exchanges was global food security, and the contribution that Moscow can provide in this regard.

“You have to have a clear idea of the aspects and issues involved. The first thing is an unhindered supply of agricultural items from Russia, fertilizers and raw materials for their production. We hear from different platforms that there are supposedly no obstacles for it,” Vershinin said.

However, he emphasized that everyone fully understands that there are sanctions introduced by the United States and the European Union against Russia, which have both direct and indirect restrictive consequences.

In this regard, he denounced that the international community can repeat a thousand times that these punitive measures do not affect anything, however, he assured that they significantly impede supplies of Russian agricultural production, which this year reached around 37 million tons of cereals and will be about 50 million in the next.

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