Kremlin says West's sanctions caused food crisis

Kremlin says West's sanctions caused food crisis

The Kremlin said on Monday that the West had caused a global food crisis by imposing the severest sanctions in modern history on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

The price of grain, cooking oil, fertilizer and energy has gone up because of the conflict and the West's attempt to isolate Russia as punishment.

As the global food crisis worsens, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said last week he was in close contact with Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, the United States and the European Union in an effort to restore grain exports from Ukraine.

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with UN's assessment that the world was facing a food crisis that could cause famine.

Russia has always been a reliable grain exporter, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

We are not the source of the problem. The ones who imposed sanctions against us, and the sanctions themselves, are the source of the problem that leads to world hunger. Russia and Ukraine account for more than a third of global wheat supplies.

The UN said 36 countries count on Russia and Ukraine for more than half of their wheat imports, including Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The UN Refugee Agency said on Monday that more than 100 million people forced to flee battlefields, violence, human rights violations and persecution have crossed the milestone of 100 million for the first time on record, as a result of the number of people forced to flee battlefields, violence, human rights violations and persecution.

The UNHCR said in a statement that the alarming figure must shake the world into ending the conflicts.

The UNHCR said the number of forcibly displaced people increased to 90 million by the end of 2021, spurred by violence in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Moscow will be ready to resume negotiations with Kyiv as soon as Kyiv shows a constructive position RIA cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko as saying on Monday.

On Sunday, Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Moscow, as Russia stepped up its military operation in the country's east and south after declaring victory in its monthslong campaign to take the strategic port of Mariupol.

Polish President Andrzej Duda gave Warsaw's backing, telling lawmakers in Kyiv on Sunday that any loss of Ukrainian territory would be a huge blow to the entire West.

Duda was the first foreign leader to address the Ukrainian parliament in person since Russia started its special military operation on February 24.

The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky made a plea for stronger economic sanctions from the West against Russia at the parliamentary session.

An air raid siren was heard in the capital shortly after both spokesmen said it was a reminder that the battles raged on even if its front lines are now hundreds of kilometers away.