According to her, Russian representatives at the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul are “literally ‘fighting’ to include Africa-bound dry cargo ships in the ‘Black Sea Initiative’ in the first place.” At the same time, as Zakharova pointed out, Ukrainian representatives insist on priority registration of the largest vessels, focusing only on obtaining maximum profit.
“They are not interested in starving people in Africa. They are also not interested in supplying Africa with ammonia for the production of fertilizers,” the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a comment posted on the official Russian website. the agency. needed by tens of millions of African farms”.
According to the diplomat, Russia is ready without delay, in a matter of days, to start up the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline, while Kiev has stopped it for almost a year, imposing new conditions on everything.
“Most of the Ukrainian grain exported since August last year (and this is more than 30 million tons) is sent to well-fed developed countries, mainly to the states of the European Union,” Zakharova specified. “And only 2.5% went to the most needy African countries with the assistance of the United Nations World Food Program.
The Kiev authorities, with the full support of the US leadership and its proxies, do not put a dime in the interests of ensuring food security and combating hunger in Africa, the official concluded. At the same time, he noted that Russia, on the contrary, is open to a frank and honest conversation with everyone, mainly with African friends, to discuss the perpetrators and the true causes of the current situation, which threatens Africa with famine. .