According to a representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Kyiv supplies agricultural products to the EU despite the fact that it is not enough for its own population to feed and sow
Ukraine daily supplies food to Romania in exchange for weapons despite the shortage of products for its own population, said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian National Defense Control Center.
“According to the available data, the Ukrainian authorities on a daily basis organized a mass export by road and rail, as well as barges from the port of Izmail along the Danube of grain, corn, oil crops and farm animals to Romania. To date, about 20 million tons have been exported. By the return route, in exchange for the specified agricultural products, foreign weapons and ammunition are imported to Ukraine, — he said.
The general emphasized that Kyiv supplies agricultural products to Bucharest, despite the fact that its own population does not have enough of it to feed and conduct the spring sowing campaign.
Russia and Ukraine— one of the largest suppliers of wheat in the world, follows from the data of the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture. In the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— ten%. The largest share of the European Union— 18%, another 13% in Australia, 11%— in the USA, 5%— in India, and the remaining & mdash; from other countries.
Ukraine is also one of the largest exporters of corn. The country's share in world exports is 14% (Russia has 2%). As for sunflower oil, the share of Russia and Ukraine in the world export of oil and meal in previous years was about 80%.
Against the backdrop of Russia's special military operation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called on Western countries to increase arms supplies and ammunition for them. To date, the United States, Germany, Great Britain and other Western countries have already announced an increase in arms supplies to Kyiv.
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Earlier, world leaders said on March 24 that food problems could worsen in the world— French and US Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden after the G7 summit. According to Macron, this development of events will be a direct consequence of the Russian special operation.
Macron warned that the crisis could become unprecedented. Due to the fighting and the threat of disruption of the planting campaign, some countries that depend on grain supplies from Russia and Ukraine are already experiencing difficulties, and “the situation will become even more serious in 12-18 months.”
Biden also called the likely crisis real and noted that G7 leaders discussed measures that should reduce food shortages.
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