The Russian government led by President Putin has disclosed that it will not accept any blame for the current challenges which has brought the global food value chain to its knees.
The “don’t blame Russia for current global food challenges” call by Russia is to among other things prevent the rest of the world from shiting blame onto the country as a result of the current situations caused mainly by past events.
The do not blame Russia for current global food challenges response from Russia
Responding to global accusations, the Russian Government argued through a statement posted as a thread on its Embassy in Ghana’s Twitter handle, that the current situation in the agricultural space is not a result of happenings within the last two months, but due to a steady trend of happenings on the global stage in the last two years.
“Food prices started rising in mid-2020 and reached an all-time high in February 2022. This is a real market shock caused by high demand and rising prices on food, raw materials and transportation services, including freight, in the post-COVID recovery period.”
According to Russia, contemporary challenges, particularly in the agricultural arena, are linked to, first and foremost, miscalculations and systemic errors in developed nations’ macroeconomic [strategy] (including financial trade), energy (including climate), and food policies. Following COVID-19, supply and distribution channels were breached, resulting in a surge in freight and insurance charges.
Following the former Soviet Union leader’s displeasure with NATO’s eastward expansion, Russia attacked Ukraine in February 2022.
According to reports, over 10,000 people died as a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Developed countries have placed a number of sanctions on Russia.
The majority of nations, including Ghana, claim that the Russia-Ukraine conflict is having a direct impact on their businesses and agricultural value chains.
According to statistics, Russia and Ukraine account for roughly 30% of world wheat commerce.
Economists have warned that if nothing is done to alter the present trend, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine might trigger a worldwide food catastrophe.
— Russian Embassy in Ghana (@RusEmbGhanaEng) April 18, 2022