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Putin: Almost all Ukraine grain goes to EU countries

September 7, 2022 at 1:36 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 19, 2022 [Iranian Presidency/Anadolu Agency]

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said on Wednesday that almost all Ukraine’s grain was transported to the EU countries, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Wednesday, Putin warned that an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe may arise in the world because the West exports most of the Ukrainian grain to its countries, and not to the countries in need in Africa.

“All, almost all grain exported from Ukraine is sent, not to the developing poorest countries, but to the EU countries.

“Under the UN World Food Program, which implies assistance to countries in need, only two ships were loaded, I emphasise, only two out of 87, and 60,000 tons of food were exported on them of the 2 million tons, this is only 3 per cent that is sent to developing countries,” the President said.

Putin added that many European countries act as colonisers, deceiving developing countries.

“It is obvious that, with this approach, the scale of food problems in the world will only increase, unfortunately, to our great regret, which can lead to an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe,” Putin said.

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He said he would think about limiting the export of grain and other food from Ukraine, and would definitely consult with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on this topic.

Turkiye, the UN, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on 22 July in Istanbul to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which were paused after the Russia-Ukraine war began in February. A Joint Coordination Centre with officials from the three countries and the UN has been set up in Istanbul to oversee the shipments.

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