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President of the European Commission: We must find solutions to importing grain from Ukraine

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Tuesday that it was necessary to look for the possibility of negotiating with Russia on the supply of grain from Ukraine.

“It may not be in Russia’s interest for people around the world to starve to death because of this,” von der Leyen said in an interview with “Reuters,” stressing that European countries should look for opportunities to establish a dialogue with Russia. about the subject. to resume exports of cereals and other food products from Ukraine to avoid the global food crisis.

“I think we should first look at the dialogue with Russia and whether it is possible to reach an agreement on grain exports from Ukraine,” he added.

It should be noted that Russia’s special military operation, and the sanctions imposed on it by the United States of America and the European Union, have caused disruption of grain supplies, increasing the risk of food crisis in some countries. . in Africa and the Middle East. Wheat and corn prices have risen 30% since the beginning of the year as fighting hinders the free trade process and disrupts key production operations. In this regard, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recommends that countries dependent on food supplies from Russia and Ukraine seek alternatives and diversify production.

Source: TASS

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