Russia is responsible for triggering global food crisis - Latvian Foreign Ministry's parliamentary secretary

Published date20 May 2022
Publication titleLETA

RIGA, May 20 (LETA) - On May 20, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica, took part in the meeting of the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council in its development configuration, held in Brussels, LETA learned from the ministry.

The main topic on the Council's agenda was the global implications of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, with a focus on food security worldwide.

The Parliamentary Secretary underlined that Russia was responsible for triggering a global food crisis. Russian troops are destroying Ukraine's agricultural and transport infrastructure in a systemic manner, as well as blocking Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea coast. By the end of July, 20 million tons of grain should be exported from Ukraine.

Kalnina-Lukasevica underlined the urgency of resuming Ukraine's agricultural production. This is just one of the sectors where Russia's aggression has led to disastrous consequences. Latvia calls on the Commission to set up a legal framework that would make it possible to confiscate the frozen Russian assets to help finance rebuilding of Ukraine.

It is of equal importance to facilitate the export of Ukrainian agricultural produce without further delay. The Parliamentary Secretary welcomed the action plan developed by...

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