Major G7 economies warned that ukraine war A global food and energy crisis is threatening poor countries, so urgent measures are needed to unwind the grain reserves Russia has blocked from leaving Ukraine.
The war has become a “global crisis”, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who chairs a meeting of senior G7 diplomats, said on Saturday.
Baerbock said as many as 50 million people, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, could face starvation in the coming months unless a way to release it is found Ukrainian foodwhich account for a significant portion of the global supply.
in a statement issued at the end of the year three-day conference On Germany’s Baltic coast, the G7 pledged to provide further humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable.
“Russia’s war of aggression unleashed one of the worst food and energy crises in recent history and now threatens the world’s most vulnerable,” the group said.
“We are determined to accelerate a coordinated multilateral response to maintain global food security and support our most vulnerable partners in this regard,” it added.
Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said her country, another major agricultural exporter, was ready to send ships to European ports to bring Ukrainian food to those in need.
“We need to make sure these grains are getting around the world,” she told reporters. “Otherwise, millions of people will face starvation.”
G7 countries also called for China does not help Russiaincluding by breaking international sanctions or justifying Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.
Instead of “assisting Russia in its war of aggression,” they said, Beijing should support Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence.
The G7, comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, also called on China to “stop engaging in information manipulation, disinformation and other means to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.”
The meeting at Weisenhaus, northeast of Hamburg, was billed as an opportunity for officials to discuss the wider impact of the war on geopolitics, energy and food security, as well as international efforts to combat climate change and the pandemic.
In a series of closing remarks, the G7 countries also discussed a wide range of global issues, from the situation in Afghanistan to tensions in the Middle East.
On Friday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba called on friendly countries to provide Kyiv with more military support and increased pressure on Russia, including seizing its assets overseas to pay for rebuilding Ukraine.
Kuleba said his country was still open to dialogue with Russia about lifting food supplies stuck in Ukrainian granaries and reaching a political deal to end the war itself, but so far he had not received “positive feedback” from Moscow .
German Chancellor Olaf Schultz said in an interview published Saturday that he had not noticed any recent change in Putin’s stance.
Schultz, who spoke by phone with the Russian leader on Friday, told German news portal t-online that Putin failed to achieve the military goals he set at the start of the war, while losing more Russian soldiers than the Soviet Union lost during the war. many. its decade-long campaign in Afghanistan.
“Putin should slowly start to understand that the only way out of this situation is to make a deal with Ukraine,” Scholz was quoted as saying.
One idea discussed at the G7 meeting was whether Russia’s frozen state assets abroad could be used to pay for Ukraine’s reconstruction.
“Russia is responsible for the huge losses caused by this war,” Belbok said. “That’s why it’s a matter of justice that Russia should pay for this damage.”