G7 Warns Of Grain Crisis, Asks China Not To Help Russia

The Group of Seven, which brings together the world’s leading economies, warned this Saturday that the war in Ukraine is aggravating a global food and energy crisis that threatens poor countries and pointed out that urgent measures are needed to unblock grain deposits. that Russia holds in Ukraine.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who was hosting the G7’s top diplomats, said the war had become a “global crisis.”

According to Baerbock, as many as 50 million people, especially in Africa and the Middle East, will go hungry in the coming months unless a way is found to release Ukrainian grain, which accounts for a sizeable percentage of global supply.

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In conclusions released after a three-day summit on Germany’s Baltic coast, the G7 pledged to provide more humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable.

“The Russian war of aggression has generated one of the most serious food and energy crises in recent history, which now threatens the most vulnerable around the world,” the group said.

“We are determined to accelerate a coordinated multilateral response to protect global food security and will support our most vulnerable partners in this regard,” he added.

The Group of Seven also called on China not to help Russia, not even by undermining international sanctions or justifying its actions in Ukraine.

Beijing should support Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence and not “assist Russia in its war of aggression,” the statement said.

The G7, which is made up of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, also called on China to “desist from engaging in information manipulation, disinformation and other means to legitimize” China’s actions. of Moscow in its neighboring country.

The Weissenhaus meeting was presented as an occasion to discuss the implications of the conflict for geopolitics, energy and food security, and international efforts to address climate change and the pandemic. The conclusions included mentions of a wide range of world problems, from the situation in Afghanistan to the tensions in the Middle East.

The day before, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on friendly countries to provide more military support to kyiv and increase pressure on Moscow, including using its embargoed assets abroad to finance the country’s reconstruction.

According to Kuleba, kyiv remains open to talks with the Kremlin to free up stranded grain supplies and reach a political solution to the war, but said it has received “no positive response” from Moscow so far.

In an interview published on Saturday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he had not noticed any recent changes in the Russian president’s stance.

Scholz, who had a lengthy telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin on Friday, told the German news website t-online that the Russian leader had not achieved the military goals he set for himself at the start of the war and that the country suffered more than those the Soviet Union had during its decade-long campaign in Afghanistan.

“Putin should gradually begin to understand that the only way out of this situation is through an agreement with Ukraine,” Scholz was quoted as saying.

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