London is looking for a “pretext” to take over the process of “evacuation of grain”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says
The UK is looking for a “pretextwhich would allow the Royal Navy toinfiltratethe Black Sea and to take charge of the release of grain stocks from Ukrainian ports, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.
kyiv and Western countries have accused Russia of blocking food exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, allegedly contributing to soaring global food prices. Moscow denies the allegation, saying it provides safe passage for freighters but that Ukraine is blocking civilian ships from leaving ports, including Odessa. Russia also claims that kyiv’s deployment of sea mines has created a threat to shipping in the region.
In an interview for the Rossiya 24 news channel, Lavrov noted that some countries are trying to use the issue of food security “in the worst way” accusing Moscowof something in which he is not involved” and by “whiten“Ukraine.
In this context, the Russian minister highlighted the statements of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Minister Liz Truss. From Lavrov’s point of view, they “are clearly trying to create conditions, to find pretexts for the Royal Navy to infiltrate the Black Sea and become almost responsible for all the processes of releasing grain from those ports that were mined by the Ukrainians and that the Ukrainians have to clean up.”
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, there are “many manifestations of these convulsions” in the actions of Western politicians, especially now as they face various domestic issues amid the elections that are due to take place “every two, three or four years”. Lavrov claimed that “the principles of neoliberal democracy” force these politicians to divert the attention of the population. Therefore, argued the Minister, it makes sense to follow the debates on the possible benefits of “States with a strong central government” and how they react to different crises.
At the recent G7 summit in Germany, the British Prime Minister called for urgent action to help move grain supplies out of Black Sea ports, adding that British expertise in “remote demining” and assurance of navigation in disputed waters could help fulfill this task.
The UK has also pledged £10 million ($12.1 million) in materials and equipment to Ukraine Railways to repair rail infrastructure and help get grain out of the country by rail. The government is also investing £1.5m ($1.8m) to develop a testing process “to determine whether grain sold by Russia on the world market has been illegally taken to Ukraine.”
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