The leaders of the world’s top economies say the conflict in Ukraine has put a strain on global food security
G7 leaders met on Sunday with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian President. The two men promised more help to poor nations facing food crises due to the conflict in Moscow and Kiev.
Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has been “causing global economic disruptions, impacting the security of global energy supply, fertilizer and food provision, and the functioning of global supply chains in general,”After the talks, the heads from the US, EU and UK as well as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Canada made a joint statement.
“The most vulnerable countries are affected most severely,”They added that they were stepping up their efforts to combat the problem. “adverse and harmful” effects.
Leaders said “the causes and consequences of the global food crisis” will be addressed through the group’s Global Alliance for Food Security.The G7 will also work with other international bodies and organizations “with the aim of transforming political commitments into concrete actions”This statement is applicable to Africa, Africa and the Mediterranean.
They called on Russia to “end its blockade and all other activities that further impede Ukrainian food production and exports,” warning that Moscow’s reluctance to do so “will be seen as an attack on feeding the world.”
G7 also promised to help Ukraine with food production and exportation in the coming harvest season.
As for the conflict, the leaders reiterated that “President Putin must not win his war against Ukraine,” and promised to further tighten the sanctions on Moscow.
But, the restriction were claimed to be being “carefully targeted”Not to hamper humanitarian assistance and delivery of food to most in need.
Russia and Ukraine, which together account for about 30% of the global wheat exports are important suppliers to the international food market.
Conflict between neighbors can disrupt supply chains, causing food prices to rise by as much as a third around the world. “record levels,”Svenja Schulze, Germany’s Economy Minister, spoke on Sunday.
“The situation is highly dramatic,”Schulze spoke out to Bild warning of a world-wide famine that could not have been seen since World War II because of the Covid-19 epidemic and events in Ukraine.
Russia attacked Ukraine following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, gave the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent weeks, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself to be neutral in order for it not to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian attack was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.