The head of the European Council accused Russia of obstructing the export of grain from Ukraine. Nebenzya left the meeting room in response. The Deputy Permanent Representative said about the “degradation of the European Union and its leaders” “Nebenzya left the hall of the UN Security Council after the accusations of the head of the European Council” />
Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Vasily Nebenzya left the meeting room after the accusations of European Council President Charles Michel of provoking a food crisis by Moscow. Deputy Representative Dmitry Polyansky announced this on Telegram.
“Michel also, contrary to the facts, accused us of provoking a food crisis. He spoke so loosely and rudely that the permanent representative of Russia left the hall. It is simply amazing to what extent the European Union and its leaders have degraded,— the diplomat wrote.
Polyansky added that representatives of Ukraine and Western countries voice accusations against Russia that remain without evidence. The key topic of this meeting of the UN Security Council was “sex violence,” he said. The diplomat pointed out: “The maximum degree of proof <…>— “Russian soldiers rape women everywhere.” And that's all. It's so obvious that you don't need to prove anything. Not a single example has been given.
“We would like to once again categorically refute any accusations of sexual violence against Russian servicemen. We resolutely reject this lie,»,— claimed Nebenzya during the speech.
During his speech, Michel stated that the Russian authorities are using food supplies as a “stealth missile” against developing countries, which leads to higher food prices, increased poverty and destabilization of the regions. “Russia bears full responsibility for this food crisis. Russia is alone. Despite the Kremlin’s campaign of lies and disinformation,— warned the head of the European Council.
Michel said that he personally saw earlier in Odessa “millions of tons of grain and wheat stuck in containers and on ships.” because of Russian ships in the Black Sea. According to him, Russian tanks, mines and bombs interfere with sowing fields and harvesting. Michel called cowardice Moscow's accusations against other parties in the organization of this crisis.
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In early May, the UN reported about 4.5 million tons of grain accumulated in Ukraine, which cannot be taken out of the country. The organization called on Russia to unblock the harbors and ensure the free passage of ships. By mid-May, the US authorities estimated the volume of grain blocked in Ukraine at 20 million tons, this data was announced by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. He pointed out that Ukrainian farmers are harvesting in helmets and body armor.
In early June, the Italian Foreign Ministry announced 30 million tons of grain accumulated in Ukraine. Minister Luigi Di Maio noted that this threatens to create new conflicts in Africa and political instability. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke of the risk of starvation in several countries, which could kill people.
Russian authorities insist that “illegal actions” led to the blockade of Ukrainian grain supplies; Western countries, and not the Russian side, meaning the sanctions imposed against Russia and Belarus. The representative of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, noted that the waters of Ukrainian ports are “heavily mined.” President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow was ready to make “its significant contribution” to to address the threat of the crisis through food exports if sanctions are lifted from the country.
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