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The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has caused a massive food crisis around the world as Western sanctions have cut off deliveries of wheat and other staples from both countries. The disrupted supply chain has raised concerns about the risk of famine around the world. Russia and Ukraine produce around 30% of the world’s wheat supply.
However, in a positive development, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday June 2 that ships carrying grain can leave Ukrainian Black Sea ports through “humanitarian corridors”, Reuters reported quoting the Interfax news agency. .
According to the report, Russia is also ready to guarantee the safety of ships. Interfax added that Russia would not use the humanitarian situation in Ukraine for what Moscow calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry noted.
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Recently, Pope Francis argued against the use of grain as a weapon of war. “The blockade of grain exports from Ukraine, on which the lives of millions of people depend, especially in the poorest countries, is very worrying,” Francis said at the end of his weekly general audience.
“Please don’t use wheat, a staple food, as a weapon of war!” he added, calling for “everything to be done” to “guarantee the universal right to food”.
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