Why can't Russia's grain reach the EU, according to Russia

Updated: Jul 14

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claims that Western sanctions have hindered ships from delivering supplies.



According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, the EU sanctions on Moscow effectively block supplies, preventing Russian grain exports from reaching Europe.


"Even though Western nations frequently claim that grain is not subject to sanctions, they consistently omit to highlight the reality that the ships that transport Russian grain are subject to these measures. "Western sanctions have hampered the logistical and financial infrastructure that Russia uses to export its grain since European ports do not permit them entry, there is no insurance available, and generally," Lavrov told media in Moscow.


As a part of the fifth set of sanctions, which was enacted in April, the EU prohibited Russian boats from visiting European ports.


Lavrov's remarks come after claims by Western countries that Russia is obstructing Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea, a claim Moscow has refuted.


Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, asserted that Ukraine had mined its ports to prohibit ships from leaving port.


Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that developing nations now face an unsettling situation due to the worldwide danger to grain supplies.


The UN official also claimed that the conflict in Ukraine and the sanctions that followed on Russia had an impact on fertilizer costs and availability and that these two reasons were driving up the price of wheat, which might deepen the global food crisis.


More than a fifth of the wheat produced worldwide is exported by Russia and Ukraine combined.

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