Germany held the blockade of Leningrad for 900 days, where almost 700 thousand people died of starvation. Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev wrote about this on June 24 in his Telegram channel, commenting on the statements of German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock.
The day before, the head of German diplomacy said that Russia “is using hunger as a weapon.”
“Russia is quite consciously using hunger as a military weapon, taking the whole world hostage,” the diplomat said at a briefing in Berlin.
According to Medvedev, such words are “surprising to hear” from officials whose country kept Leningrad in the blockade during the Second World War, Gazeta.Ru adds.
Also on Friday, Burbock noted that Germany is actively working with companies on the possible export of grain from Russia, there is no blockade of Russian grain.
On the eve of the official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric said that António Guterres has always advocated reaching an agreement to ensure the export of grain from Russia and Ukraine.
On June 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that there is no problem with the export of grain from Ukraine, it can be withdrawn in five ways. According to the president, grain can be withdrawn through Ukrainian ports, but Kyiv needs to clear them; through Poland; along the Danube through Romania; through Russian-controlled ports in the Azov and Black Seas, through Belarus, but for this, sanctions must be lifted from this country.
FAO Russia Liaison Director Oleg Kobyakov said on June 2 that the conflict over Ukraine and the ensuing food crisis could put an estimated 13-15 million people on the brink of starvation.
A day earlier, Guterres said that the resolution of the global food crisis is impossible without the participation of Russia.
On the same day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the world is on the verge of a deep food crisis associated with the introduction of illegal restrictions against Russia, which is the world’s largest supplier of wheat.
The topic of exporting grain from Ukraine has been actively discussed recently against the backdrop of a deteriorating situation in the food markets of the world. As a result of the mining by Ukrainian militants of ports on the territory of the state, the export of wheat from the country by sea was blocked.