Major Group of Seven economies warned on Saturday that the war in Ukraine is fueling a global food and fuel crisis that threatens poor countries, and that urgent action is needed to release grain stocks that Russia is preventing from leaving Ukraine. .
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who hosted a meeting of top G-7 diplomats, said the war had become a “global crisis”.
Baerbock said up to 50 million people, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, will face hunger in the coming months unless ways are found to release Ukrainian grain, which accounts for a share important part of the global supply.
In statements released at the end of the three-day meeting on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast, the G-7 pledged to provide additional humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable.
“Russia’s war of aggression has generated one of the most serious food and energy crises in recent history, which now threatens the most vulnerable people around the world,” the group said.
“We are determined to accelerate a coordinated multilateral response to safeguard global food security and to support our most vulnerable partners in this regard,” he added.
Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said her country, another major agricultural exporter, is ready to send ships to European ports so that Ukrainian grain can get to those who need it.
“We have to make sure that this grain gets sent around the world,” she told reporters. “Otherwise, millions of people will face starvation.”
The G-7 countries have also called on China not to help Russia, including by undermining international sanctions or justifying Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.
Beijing should support Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, not “help Russia in its war of aggression”, they said.
The G-7, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, also called on China “to refrain from engaging in manipulation of information, disinformation and other means to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine”.
The meeting in Weissenhaus, northeast of Hamburg, was touted as an opportunity for officials to discuss the wider implications of the war for geopolitics, energy and food security, and ongoing international efforts to combat against climate change and the pandemic.
On Friday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said his country remained willing to talk to Russia about releasing grain supplies stuck in Ukrainian silos and also reaching a political agreement to end the war itself, but had so far received “no positive feedback” from Moscow. .