The US and the EU failed to get any noticeable results of their anti-Russian sanctions except for hitting themselves in the foot, so currently, they have been working on their sixth package. Important is that those sanctions that have been already imposed on Russia, caused price hikes and food shortages, severely harming regular people all around the world.
While the West struggles to accuse Russia of its special military operation in Ukraine, European gas importers have already surrendered to Russia and quietly violated the EU’s own sanctions, having begun buying gas in rubles, capitulating to Russia’s new rules. This provokes EU leaders to go even further in the “counter-measures”.
Thus, German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, is now blaming Russia for causing “brutal hunger” even though her country was the one that blocked Russia from trading agricultural products in the first place. Baerbock made her claims at a recent G7 meeting with Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.
As part of sanctions, Germany voted to block Russia from exporting food and grain, but now Germans and other Europeans are witnessing skyrocketing prices and food shortages as a result of their own actions. Instead of recognizing the failure, Baerbock has decided to blame Russia for causing a “brutal hunger” in Europe.
“Russia made a conscious decision to turn the war against Ukraine into a ‘grain war’,” the German minister claimed.
However, it was Baerbock’s country that voted for the economic sanctions against Russia, which sought to prevent Russia from selling grain exports in euros and dollars. Now she is blaming Russia for weaponizing the situation into a “grain war” accusing Russia of food shortages throughout Europe. So she has forgotten that it was her own country that blocked Russia from exporting grain, fertilizer and farming outputs.
Russia had previously provided the world with 27 per cent of its sunflower seeds, five per cent of its barley two per cent of its corn, and three per cent of its wheat. When the West first sought to shut down Russian agricultural exports, did they consider the real-life effects these sanctions would have on the supply of food throughout the world? As supply chains shake, the West’s only defense now is to blame Russia a bit harder.
“Prices are rising due to sanctions imposed by the collective West under pressure from the United States. This is if we talk about the direct reason. Failure to understand this is a sign of either stupidity or deliberate misleading of the public,” Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said.