Western countries can not impose “stupid” economic sanctions on Russia and at the same time demand that Moscow guarantee a global food supply, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken accused Moscow of holding a “food supply for millions of Ukrainians and millions of others around the world” during a US-sponsored meeting of the UN Security Council.
“Our country is ready to fulfill all its obligations”, was the reaction of Mr. Medvedev, “but it also expects the contribution of its trading partners”.
“Otherwise it does not make sense: on the one hand, they have imposed heavy sanctions on us, on the other hand, they demand that we ensure the supply of food. It does not go that way, we are not idiots “, said the former president (2008-2012), current vice-president of the National Security Council of Russia, in a post on the Telegram platform.
Russia and Ukraine guarantee 30% of the world’s food supply.
The United States and Russia, meanwhile, blamed the United Nations for worsening global food insecurity on Thursday.
Washington has demanded that Moscow allow exports of Ukrainian grain to be blocked in Black Sea ports. “Stop the blockade of the ports on the Black Sea! “Allow the free movement of ships, trains and trucks carrying food outside Ukraine,” Mr Blinken said.
“Stop threatening to suspend the export of food and fertilizers to countries that criticize your aggressive war,” he added.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s foreign policy have been made more than once.
The global food crisis has been raging for a long time and the causes include rising inflation, rising insurance costs, supply chain difficulties and “speculation in Western markets,” the Russian diplomat said.
Earlier in the day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called on Russia to allow grain exports from Ukraine.