Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there was no connection between Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine and the food crisis. About this he informed June 23, following the results of negotiations with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian.
“The crisis and the prerequisites for this crisis were created several years ago and it did not start today or yesterday, also a couple of years ago, when Western countries began to pursue a very imprudent populist policy in the financial sector,” Lavrov said (quoted by RIA Novosti).
According to him, the efforts of the UN and Turkey to export Ukrainian grain would have been crowned with success long ago if Kyiv solved the problem of demining ports. Attempts to create an international coalition for this, he noted, are aimed at “interfering in the affairs of the Black Sea region under the auspices of the UN.”
“There is no problem with allowing ships that are locked up by Ukrainians in the mined ports of the Black Sea to get out of there without piling up such schemes. The main thing is that this should be ensured either by demining or by organizing free passages,” Lavrov said.
According to the Russian minister, as far as international waters are concerned, Russia guarantees the safety of the delivery of these ships to the Bosporus.
Attempts to “make a universal tragedy” at the expense of the amount of grain that remains in Ukraine, according to Lavrov, are “an absolutely unscrupulous line”, since it is less than 1% of the global production of wheat and other grains.
Former Russian President Vladimir Putin called “bluff” allegations that Russia is allegedly preventing the export of Ukrainian grain from ports. He named at least four different ways to do it.