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Peskov urged the West to repeal the decisions preventing grain exports from Ukraine

MOSCOW, May 26 – RIA Novosti. President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian Federation categorically does not accept the accusations of blocking grain exports from Ukraine, these are the decisions of the West that led to the blockade.

Noting that Western countries accuse Russia of blocking grain supply from Ukrainian territory, Peskov said, “We categorically reject these accusations and, on the contrary, accuse Western countries of committing a series of illegal acts that led to this blockade.” to African countries and other countries.

Answering a question whether this meant Western countries had to lift sanctions on Russia in order to resume grain supplies, Peskov said: “They should cancel the illegal decisions that prevent the charter of ships, grain export, etc.”

Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Russia did not interfere with the export of grain to Ukraine, logistical problems arose due to the fault of Kiev, its troops mined its ports. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that “the allegations about Russia’s blocking of Ukrainian grain exports at the Black Sea ports and the resulting deficit in the grain market are nothing but speculation.” A former employee of the Odessa sea port told RIA Novosti that Ukraine is exporting wheat reserves from storage facilities in the port of Odessa by alternative means, under pressure from the European Union, despite the threat of a grain shortage in the country itself.

Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said that according to statements by Western politicians and media reports, grain from Ukraine is actively exported along the Danube, both by trains and barges. In his opinion, Russia has reasonable suspicions that this grain will not go to the needs of the starving global South, but will be pumped into the granaries of European countries – this is how Ukraine pays for weapons supplied by the West.

Some Western countries have introduced various packages of sanctions against the Russian Federation due to the situation in Ukraine. Speaking about the consequences of sanctions against the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, said that they will lead to a full-fledged international food crisis with the possibility of starvation in individual countries.

Source: Ria

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