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  • Vladimir Putin accuses Western countries of destabilising global agricultural production

Vladimir Putin accuses Western countries of destabilising global agricultural production
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets young entrepreneurs in Moscow on June 9, 2022. (File photo: AFP)

The Anews reported, citing the AFP, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday (June 24) Moscow's military action in Ukraine was not responsible for the global food crisis, instead blaming the West for preventing the export of Russian grain.

"The food market is unbalanced in the most serious way," Putin said, addressing a "BRICS Plus" virtual summit that brought together the leaders of 17 countries, including China, India, Brazil and South Africa.

Putin accused Western countries, in particular the United States, of "destabilising global agricultural production" with restrictions on the delivery of fertiliser from Russia and Belarus, and by "making it difficult" for Moscow to export grain.

Putin said: "Rising prices on agricultural staples, such as grain, have hit the hardest developing countries, developing markets where bread and flour are a necessary means of survival for the majority of the population."

Food prices in Africa have already exceeded those in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab springs and the 2008 food riots - Photo: Pixabay

He also slammed the "hysteria" surrounding grain that has been trapped in Ukrainian ports since the start of Russia's military actions, saying that it "does not solve any problems on the global grain market".

Putin said Russia is a "responsible actor on the global food market" and is ready to "honestly fulfil all its contractual obligations".

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Washington and Brussels have hit Moscow with unprecedented sanctions after Putin sent troops into pro-Western Ukraine on February 24.

The report noted that the barrage of crippling sanctions has pushed Putin to seek new markets and strengthen ties with countries in Africa and Asia.

Source: anews