Borrell blames Putin for hunger in Africa

  • The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, insists that the EU is not to blame for the food crisis but Russia

  • Send a letter to African foreign ministers on European sanctions explaining what can and cannot be done

If anyone is responsible for the world food crisis, it is not the European Union but Russia, which continues to block exports and systematically bomb Ukraine. The head of European diplomacy, Joseph Borrellhas again accused Moscow of using hunger as a weapon of war and has denied that the Twenty-seven have lost the battle of the story in front of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, despite the fact that he has sent a letter to the African foreign ministers explaining the content and operation of the European sanctions against Russia for the war in Ukraine, to explain misunderstandings and clarify the European position.

“We have not lost the war of narratives, but it exists and we have to face it, because because we are objectively right, the others will not give it to us. We have to make an effort because there are those who have reason to believe that Russia is right and that is why I have addressed the African countries by letter & rdquor ;, he explained about the letter sent to the African countries on how the EU sanctions work, to who they affect, what can and cannot be done. It was at the end of a meeting of foreign ministers again very focused on the war in Ukraine and its consequences at the internal and international level, particularly in food matters. The Spanish politician has reiterated that the culprit for the Ukrainian cereal being blocked is Vladimir Putin and not the Twenty-seven or the six rounds of sanctions approved so far.

“When more than 20 million grains are blocked in silos in Ukraine and someone prevents that food from reaching consumers. This has a price. There are people who are going to be hungry. It is a deliberate act to use food, grain in this case, as a weapon of war. A deliberate act to create a famine in the world, to put pressure on the world level, on the EU and on Ukraine. It is what is happening & rdquor ;, he lamented. A repeated Russian propaganda strategy. “They create a problem and blame others & rdquor; but “if we can pay for our gas, everyone can pay for their wheat & rdquor ;, she recalled, denying that the expulsion of Russian banks from the Swift payment system is a problem because agricultural exchanges are not subject to European sanctions.

Transit to Kaliningrad

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Borrell has also denied that Lithuania is blocking the transit of goods and people to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. According to Moscow, the Baltic republic, one of the most critical and harshest with Russia, applies restrictions. “Overland transit between Kaliningrad and other parts of Russia has not stopped. There is no blocking of any kind. Land transit has not been stopped, blocked or prohibited. Second, the transit of passengers and goods that are not sanctioned continues & rdquor ;, explained the high representative for EU foreign policy after listening to his Lithuanian colleague, Gabrielius Landsbergiswho has explained to his colleagues that there are no restrictions, beyond the products sanctioned by the EU.

The meeting of foreign ministers also leaves the commitment of the Twenty-seven to military support to Ukrainebecause the war continues and it is “as if the only thing he wanted (Vladimir Putin) is to physically destroy Ukraine, its infrastructure, urban fabric, to annihilate the idea that there is a Ukrainian nation & rdquor ;, and a positive reception to the recommendation of Brussels of granting Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status, something that the 27 EU heads of state and government will have to decide on at the summit at the end of the week.

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