G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting: “Global Crisis” Caused By Russian Attack

Status: 05/12/2022 7:54 p.m.

Millions of tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine because of the war. Foreign Minister Baerbock warned of a global food crisis – G7 countries should not let other countries down.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned of global shock waves caused by the war against Ukraine. Russia’s ‘terrible war of aggression, which violates international law’, is ‘not just a deep crisis for the whole of Europe, but a global crisis’, she said at the start. of the three-day meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Schleswig-Holstein.

Given Ukraine’s importance as a grain exporting country, the war in the country is having a massive impact on global food security. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal is to use his war of aggression against Ukraine to “divide the world community”, Baerbock said. The G7 opposes it.

Solutions for port blockages?

The group of major industrialized nations shoulders its responsibility and will ensure that the 141 states that have condemned Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine at the United Nations “are not left behind”. Cereals, which are urgently needed in the Middle East and Africa in particular, can no longer be delivered due to the Russian war against Ukraine, Baerbock said.

The Foreign Minister said that 25 million tons of grain are currently blocked in Ukrainian ports. The G7 group wants to ensure that Ukraine can remain a major grain exporter despite Russia’s war of aggression. They discuss together how to break the grain blockade imposed by Russia and bring “Ukrainian grain into the world”.

Russia wants to increase grain exports

Ukraine is one of the largest grain suppliers in the world. In 2021, according to figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, it was still the third exporter of barley and the fifth exporter of wheat. kyiv accuses Russia of looting Ukrainian grain stores and bringing agricultural products into the country or destroying them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he expects a record wheat harvest this year and wants to increase exports. Russia is one of the largest grain producers in the world and plays an important role in global nutrition.

Foreign Minister Kuleba as a guest

Germany currently holds the presidency of the G7. The other members are the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had canceled his participation in the G7 meeting due to a now under control corona infection.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Moldovan counterpart Nicu Popescu are invited to the meeting of G7 foreign ministers. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, whose country currently holds the G20 presidency, will also connect via video.

G7 foreign ministers’ meeting: Baerbock talks about a global crisis

Kai Küstner, ARD Berlin, May 12, 2022 8:08 p.m.

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