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14 June 2022, 09:02

Opinion: Belarus, Russia are major food suppliers, thus sanctions raise eyebrows

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MINSK, 14 June (BelTA) – Doctor of Political Sciences, professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) Yelena Ponomareva commented on the Western sanctions and food shortages as she spoke to the On Point online project on BelTA's YouTube channel.

“Russia and Belarus are major food suppliers. Of course, instead of suggesting food corridors, we can simply say that we will sell our grain to Africa or all our sunflower seeds to the Middle East. Or, let's say, we will sell all our milk to developing countries. All this can be done,” Yelena Ponomareva said.

The expert recalled that the EU is quite dependent on Russian uranium. “Nuclear energy deserves a separate mention. Europe is super-dependent on uranium, nuclear waste disposal and maintenance of nuclear power plants. This is true not only for Europe, but also for Ukrainian nuclear power plants. This, of course, is about energy, electric power industry. This is also about all kinds of metals, chemical fertilizers, etc. In particular, when I heard that sanctions were imposed against Belaruskali... Guys, you are talking about food, so why are you imposing such sanctions?” she asked.

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