Secretary of State Antony Blinken is speaking out about the escalating issues with the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the potential ramifications for food markets across the world, including right here in the U.S. Highlighting the challenges posed by Russia’s decision to end the initiative, Secretary Blinken emphasized that it sends a clear message that grain and other food products may face obstacles when leaving Ukraine.
“So the result of Russia’s action today – weaponizing food, using it as a tool, as a weapon in its war against Ukraine – will be to make food harder to come by in places that desperately need it, and have prices rise. We’re already seeing the market react to this as prices are going up,” he said.
Such a development is likely to have a profound effect, causing countries, companies, and shippers concerns about the safety of their vessels and personnel in the face of Russian opposition to any food exports from Ukraine, which he called the “breadbasket of the world.”
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