According to the publication, Washington sent a warning to 14 countries that Russia is trying to sell grain from Ukrainian ports. Africa has been particularly hard hit by food shortages due to the conflict in Ukraine alt=”NYT learned about the US letter to 14 countries about the sale of Ukrainian grain” />
In mid-May, the United States sent a warning to 14 countries (mostly African) that Russian ships were trying to sell “stolen Ukrainian grain”, writes The New York Times. According to the publication, in the letter, the US administration indicated the names of three cargo ships that allegedly left the Black Sea ports with grain on board.
The State Department, in response to a request from the publication, said that the United States “is cooperating with other countries to prevent the sale of grain that was likely stolen from Ukraine.” Officials from several other countries said that Washington asked them to prevent the purchase of illegally obtained Ukrainian grain. The interlocutors of the newspaper stressed that the US message was not coercive.
The New York Times writes about the dilemma that arose in African states after receiving a message from Washington: on the one hand, there is an opportunity to get cheap grain against the backdrop of rising world prices, and on the other hand— the purchase of grain from Russia would not please the United States and would mean taking advantage of the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine. According to the director of the Kenyan International Institute for Strategic Studies HORN, Hassan Hannenje, the shortage of food in Africa is so acute that the countries of the continent do not care where it comes from, even from Ukraine. “[For them] it's not a dilemma. Those who try to talk about morality here are delusional, — the expert considers.
Due to hostilities in Ukraine, which, like Russia, is one of the largest suppliers of grain to world markets, it has accumulated in a large number of Black Sea ports. In early May, the UN estimated the volume of blocked grain at 4.5 million tons. On May 19, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that about 20 million tons of grain remained unused on Ukrainian territory. In this regard, the leaders of many countries expressed concern about the possible deterioration of the food situation in the world.
The Ukrainian authorities claim that the Russian military exports grain mainly to the Crimea. The Ukrainian embassy in Beirut said that Russia transferred more than 100 tons of Ukrainian wheat to Syria. The Ukrainian ambassador in Ankara, Vasily Bondar, named Turkey as one of the buyers. In Moscow, accusations of exporting grain from the territory of Ukraine were denied.
Read on RBC Pro Pro Why the Central Bank lowered the rate and what will happen to the ruble exchange rate and inflation but already managed to violate Articles Pro How to enter the UAE market — a case of financial services Cases Pro Being a vegan is useful. Is it true Articles Pro Coffee: answering common questions about your favorite drink Instructions ProThe UN claims that the export of grain is hindered by the blockade of ports by Russian forces. The United States and the European Union accused Moscow of aggravating the food crisis. The Russian authorities, in turn, speak of their readiness to ensure the unimpeded passage of ships with grain. The Kremlin blamed the West for shipping problems, pointing to “illegal decisions that prevent the charter of ships, the export of grain, and so on.” Western sanctions against Russian banks have made it much more difficult for African states to purchase grain from Russia. During a subsequent visit to Russia, he called for the removal of food and fertilizers from sanctions.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a delegation would leave for Turkey on June 7 to negotiate the organization of the export of grain from the ports of Ukraine. Anadolu previously wrote that the meeting will be attended by representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN.