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G7 warns of grain crisis in Ukraine, asks China not to help Russia


Major Group of Seven economies warned on Saturday that the war in Ukraine is fueling a global food and fuel crisis that threatens poor countries, and that urgent action is needed to release grain stocks that Russia is preventing from leaving Ukraine. .

In a statement issued after a three-day meeting on the German Baltic Sea coast, the G-7 countries also called on China not to help Russia, including by undermining international sanctions or justifying Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

Russia’s war of aggression has generated one of the most serious food and energy crises in recent history, which now threatens the most vulnerable people around the world, the group said.

“We are determined to accelerate a coordinated multilateral response to safeguard global food security and to support our most vulnerable partners in this regard,” he added.

The G-7 asked Beijing to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, not to help Russia in its war of aggression.

The group, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, also called on China to refrain from engaging in manipulation of the information, disinformation and other means to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

The meeting in Weissenhaus, northeast of Hamburg, was touted as an opportunity for officials to discuss the wider implications of the war for geopolitics, energy and food security, and ongoing international efforts to combat against climate change and the pandemic.

In a series of closing statements, the G-7 countries also addressed a wide range of global issues, from the situation in Afghanistan to tensions in the Middle East.

On Friday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on friendly countries to provide more military support to kyiv and increase pressure on Russia, including seizing its assets abroad to pay for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

Kuleba said his country remained open to discussing with Russia the release of grain supplies stuck in Ukrainian silos and also reaching a political agreement to end the war itself, but had not until now received no positive reaction from Moscow.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview published on Saturday that he had not detected any change in Putin’s position recently.

Scholz, who spoke at length by phone with the Russian leader on Friday, told German news portal t-online that Putin had failed to achieve the military goals he set himself at the start of the war while losing more Russian soldiers than the Soviet Union during its decade-long campaign in Afghanistan.

Putin should slowly start to realize that the only way out of this situation is through a deal with Ukraine, Scholz said.

The G-7 meeting brought together senior diplomats from Britain, Japan and the United States. Besides Kuleba, representatives from Moldova and Indonesia have also been invited to participate in some of the talks.

Many foreign ministers were due to attend an informal meeting of NATO diplomats in Berlin on Saturday.


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