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12 June 2024, 18:44

Belarus draws FAO’s attention to impact of sanctions on global food security

MINSK, 12 June (BelTA) – Belarus insists that experts of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) should analyze and evaluate the impact of unilateral coercive measures on global food security. Belarus’ Permanent Representative to FAO Kirill Petrovsky made the statement in a speech during a session of the organization’s council, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kirill Petrovsky stressed: “I am forced to state that many European colleagues as well as their colleagues from across the ocean have been unable to get rid of a behavioral pattern for many centuries. A pattern that drove them to bring light and knowledge to barbarians in the east and the south with sword and fire or, simply put, with murders and robberies. Sanctions or unilateral coercive measures are a tool of economic warfare. They continue using it despite all the appeals to the contrary. Including FAO appeals.”

“We’ve noted that the organization’s latest report directly points to the policy measures that create misbalance in trade as factors affecting food security,” Kirill Petrovsky pointed out. “FAO urges countries not to adopt the measures that can aggravate uncertainty and instability on world markets and worsen the situation around the lack of food security and malnutrition.”

The diplomat remarked: “But neither Brussels nor Washington hear these appeals. It is no secret that an entire group of European Union member states has persistently suggested that the European Union should stop using sanctions against food and fertilizers as part of its foreign policy to no avail.”

“Moreover, on 9 June the European Union published a new package of sanctions affecting agricultural products from Russia and Belarus. And the European Union doesn’t care that instead of Belarusians and Russians residents of their own countries or of third-party countries will pay for their decisions. It is important to hold onto the illusion of a global leader, which forbids things to someone albeit at the cost of provoking an increase in food prices and famine.”

Belarus insists that FAO experts should analyze and evaluate the impact of unilateral coercive measures on global food security. “This matter is within the exclusive competence of the Food and Agriculture Organization,” Belarus’ representative noted.

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