Russia is targetting food supplies to 'blackmail the world'

Russia is targetting food supplies to blackmail the world

June 10, 2022: -This weekend, Russian airstrikes reached a freight railcar repair factory in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. A week after Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said that he would facilitate grain export from Ukraine amid a deepening of the food shortage and inflation crisis globally.

The recent attacks on the railcar factory reportedly used to transport goods such as grain have raised questions over the possibility Moscow could target the supply of food. This will exacerbate the global food shortage arising from the disruption of the pandemic to supply chains and the effects of climate change.

Some analysts agree with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “blackmailing” the world by not supplying food as part of his war strategy to finish the sanctions. Still, others said the West, looking to hold Putin accountable for Ukraine, is overreaching by accusing Putin of all the things.

Orysia Lutsevych, manager of the Ukraine Forum in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, said the Russian leadership is a “mastermind of creating problems and blaming them on others.”

“Putin has said that the West should lift sanctions to enable safe passage of grain and to allow more Russian grain to reach world markets,” Lutsevych said.

But others, such as Frederick Kliem from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, have a different viewpoint.

“Parts of the Western media and political elites are on a quest to prove and isolate Putin and Russia if an opportunity arises. While a motive is understood, the issue of food shortages should be seen in that light,” Kleim said.

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Russia is targetting food supplies to 'blackmail the world'
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