Zelensky warned at the Shangri-La Dialogue that the world will face severe famine and food crises due to Russia’s military action.
“I thank you for your support, but this support is not only for Ukraine, but also for you,” the Ukrainian president said. Vladimir Zelensky Speaking via video link at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore today. “It is on the battlefield in Ukraine that the future rules of the world are being decided.”
Mr Zelensky accused Russia Ports in the Black and Azov Seas are being blocked, preventing Ukraine from exporting grain to world markets.According to him, it not only hurts people Ukrainebut the whole world.
“If we are unable to export food because of the Russian blockade, the world will face a severe food crisis and famine in many countries in Asia and Africa,” the Ukrainian president said.
He blamed Russian military action in Ukraine for driving up commodity prices and Moscow for pushing up energy and food prices.
Speaking to 575 delegates from 40 countries, the Ukrainian leader said his army had no ambitions to enter Russian territory.
“Remember, fighting is taking place on our territory. Ukrainians are dying. We do not want to enter Russian territory,” he said, calling on world leaders to do everything possible to prevent Russia from impeding freedom of navigation and restoring the full force of international law.
Ukraine’s ambassador to Singapore, Katerina Zelenko, stressed that her country urgently needs additional aid. “We knew it would take time, but we didn’t have the time,” she said.
Ukraine has long been considered the “breadbasket of the world,” with fertile land and vast farmland, but Russia’s military campaign and blockade of the Black Sea are making most of the production work. Ukrainian grain exports have stagnated, causing a ripple effect around the world.
About 25 million tonnes of grain are now trapped in Ukraine and at risk of rotting due to a lack of storage or export options, putting pressure on a country that relies heavily on the country’s food supplies. The situation is likely to get worse as Ukraine is expected to harvest an additional 50 million tonnes of grain next season.
The Kremlin said Moscow was ready to “make a significant contribution” to averting a food crisis through grain and fertilizer exports as long as the West lifts “politically motivated restrictions” on Russia. After Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Turkey on June 8, the two sides agreed to the proposal of the United Nations to establish a maritime security corridor in the Black Sea, and released the figure.
However, Kyiv rejected the proposal, saying Turkey did not have enough power and strength to secure Ukrainian cargo and seaports.
Xuanle (follow Reuters, guardian)