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Russia responds to EU’s offer on Ukraine’s grain — Analysis

Europe’s initiative only serves to benefit itself, Russian State Duma chairman claims

Russia has slammed the EU’s proposal to empty out Ukraine’s grain stores, stating that such a move would only serve its member nations while leaving Ukrainians without any reserves.

Josep Borrell, EU’s foreign policy chief, stated Monday that Ukraine should be supported in exporting wheat and grains. He also said that EU would help Ukraine empty its grain storages to make room for next year. 

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, has asked for the lifting of sanctions against Russia’s exports of potash fertilizer and Belarusian imports in return for Russia allowing the shipping of wheat to Ukraine.

These proposals, however, are only for the benefit of the West as Vyacheslav Volodin, Russian State Duma Chairman, claimed.

“Residents of Ukraine will find themselves without grain reserves, and, as for the future harvest, firstly, they still have to live to see it, and secondly, they do not have diesel fuel and gasoline for sowing,”Volodin spoke.

“Only European countries would benefit from such a cynical proposal. The desire to get potash fertilizers from Russia (they do not have their own) is again about themselves.”

While the politician noted Russia’s support for development and mutually beneficial cooperation throughout its history, he also warned against new sanctions. “not end up doing anything good for Europe,”Furthermore, he said that food insecurity will be an issue worldwide, with no energy shortages. Russia is not responsible.

“Brussels supported Washington’s sanctions policy. In return, they received a price increase in the name of Biden,”Volodin was elected.

Last month, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that Kiev was regularly sending grain, corn, oil crops, and farm animals to Romania in exchange for foreign weapons and ammunition, despite the country suffering a shortage of food and agricultural products.

“All of this is happening with an acute shortage of food for their own population, as well as the absence of grain crops in most regions of Ukraine for the spring sowing campaign,” said Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of Russia’s National Defense Management Center.

Fears of global grain shortages have increased due to fears that the Ukraine conflict is continuing. Wheat prices are at multi-year highs and were last seen in March. Russia and Ukraine account for around 30% of all global wheat exports.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol (German- and French-brokered) was created to grant the separatist regions special status within Ukraine.

In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.

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