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Washington's decision to expand anti-Russian sanctions will affect food security around the world, as well as the situation within the United States. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov stated this on his Telegram page.
The Russian ambassador called the imposition of sanctions “vicious” practice. Such measures, according to Antonov, will aggravate the state of affairs in the world. In addition, US sanctions will lead to new disruptions in supply chains and affect food security, the diplomat is convinced.
“Economic” fluctuations ” may affect the United States itself, where the problem of certain food shortages is becoming more acute <…> We are sure that attempts to block the possibility of making payments by Russia will not go unnoticed by serious investors. They will undermine the credibility of the United States itself,»,— he wrote.
Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the United States has already imposed several packages of sanctions against Moscow. The last time Washington expanded the restrictions on June 2 & mdash; then the Severstal companies fell under the sanctions of the US Treasury; and “Severgroup” Alexei Mordashov, the businessman himself, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Grigorenko, Construction Minister Irek Fayzullin, Economic Development Minister Maxim Reshetnikov, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova and others. They were included in the list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN), which involves the blocking of assets and isolation from the dollar system.
In addition, on May 30, a meeting was held on the introduction of the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia. The restrictions will affect the import of Russian oil and the disconnection of Sberbank from SWIFT. The EU ambassadors agreed on sanctions on June 2, the full list will be published on June 3.
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Russia and Ukraine— one of the largest suppliers of grain in the world, follows from the data of the foreign agricultural service of the US Department of Agriculture. In the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— 10%.
At the same time, Ukraine is among the leaders in the export of corn in the world, its share is 14% (Russia has 2%). Exports of Russian and Ukrainian suppliers of sunflower oil and meal previously amounted to about 80%.
In early May, the UN announced that about 4.5 million tons of grain had accumulated in Ukrainian ports. It cannot enter the world market due to a Russian special operation, the organization believes. The same opinion is expressed by some Western politicians. In particular, US President Joe Biden spoke about this. At the same time, the head of state cited data on 20 million tons of unexported grain. Moscow denies the allegations and cites “illegal actions” as the cause of the food crisis. West and anti-Russian sanctions.
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