UNITED NATIONS, June 24. /TASS/. The United Nations is doing its utmost to reintegrate food from Russia and Ukraine into the global market, United Nations Secretary General’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Friday.
"We are doing whatever we can. So, there is an agreement to reintegrate huge amount of grain produced by Ukraine and Russia on to world market. That is what we are trying to do," he said.
The situation in Ukraine and large-scale anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union have entailed problems in grain supplies. Since the beginning of the year, wheat and maize prices have jumped up dramatically. It was noted at a United Nations Security Council meeting on May 21 that global wheat reserves were only enough for ten weeks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier that the world food crises had broken out long before the beginning of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine and had been caused by the coronavirus pandemic and mistakes done by Western nations among other reasons. He stressed that the current situation had only aggravated the problem and the West’s sanctions had told adversely on food supplies to add to the crisis.