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Blaming the West for food and fuel crises, Putin ‘guarantees’ peaceful exports from Ukraine


Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for ongoing food and energy shortages and assured his country would ‘guarantee’ the safe passage of exports from Ukrainian-held ports if ‘cleared’ by Ukraine .

“There is no problem exporting grain from Ukraine,” he said in a TV interview, saying it could be through Ukrainian ports, through Russian-controlled ones, or even via central Europe, reports AFP.

The Russian president assured that his armed forces would not “launch any attack [on Ukraine] of the sea” while being removed from the mines.

The Russian leader raised the possibility of exporting through the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk on the Sea of ​​Azov, which gives access to the Black Sea. Both are under Russian control.

He also said ports under Kyiv’s control, especially Odessa, could be used.

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Accusing the West of “bragging” by claiming that Moscow was preventing grain exports from Ukraine, Putin said: “Of course, we are now seeing attempts to blame what is happening on the world food market, emerging issues in this market, on Russia,” he told Russian television.

“I have to say it’s an attempt, as our people say, to move these issues from a sick head to a healthy one.”

The Russian-Ukrainian war caused food and fuel prices to soar, pushing the world into food scarcity.

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Russia and Ukraine are among the largest producers of agricultural raw materials in the world. Both countries are net exporters of agricultural products and both play a leading role in supplying global food and fertilizer markets, where exportable supplies are often concentrated in a handful of countries.

In 2021, Russia and Ukraine ranked among the world’s top three exporters of wheat, corn, rapeseed, sunflower seeds and sunflower oil, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ‘agriculture.

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Russia was the world’s largest exporter of nitrogen fertilizers, the second largest supplier of potassium fertilizers and the third largest exporter of phosphorus fertilizers.

(With agency contributions)

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