PHNOM PENH, November 21. /TASS/. It was the European Union, not Russia, to turn power supply, food and fertilizers into weapons on the global arena, while unilateral economic sanctions have made the situation even worse, Deputy Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev told the 43rd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in the capital city of Cambodia.
"Let me mention one aspect from the statement of a European parliamentarian that really affects all of us - the rise in energy prices and the food crisis <…>. It was in fact the European Union, not Russia, to turn the power supply, and later food and fertilizers into weapons," Kosachev said, commenting on a speech by a European parliamentarian who had devoted a large portion of it to Russia’s actions.
"The situation got visibly worse due to unilateral economic sanctions from the West in bypassing the UN Security Council. Let me reiterate that huge amounts of Russian fertilizers have amassed in the ports of European Union countries, failing to reach the poorest nations of the world, including here, in Southeast Asia," the senior parliamentarian noted.
"Energy prices began to rise long before the developments of this year," Kosachev reiterated. The crisis was triggered by the erroneous actions of the EU, "that abandoned both long-term contracts and traditional energy sources without first making sure that that green energy is efficient," he summed up.