EU’s von der Leyen says Russia is using food supply as a weapon


DAVOS, Switzerland, May 24 (Reuters)Russia is using the food supply as a weapon with global repercussions, acting similarly to the energy sector, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the annual World Economic Forum held in Davos, she said ‘global cooperation’ was ‘the antidote to Russia’s blackmail’.

“In Russian-occupied Ukraine, the Kremlin army is confiscating grain stocks and machinery… And Russian warships in the Black Sea are blocking Ukrainian ships full of wheat and sunflower seeds,” he said. added von der Leyen.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – and the West’s attempt to isolate Moscow as punishment – have sent the price of grain, cooking oil, fertilizer and fuel skyrocketing. energy.

The Kremlin on Monday said the West was responsible for the global food crisis by imposing the toughest sanctions in modern history on Russia for the war in Ukraine.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Bart Meijer)

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