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Storage silos and shipping cranes at the Port of Odesa in Ukraine, on January 22.
Storage silos and transport cranes on the Port of Odesa in Ukraine, on January 22. (Christopher Occhicone/Bloomberg/Getty Photographs)

Russia is attempting to “blackmail” the worldwide group with a proposal to unblock Ukrainian sea ports if sanctions towards it are lessened, Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated on the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday.

That is “clear blackmail,” Kuleba claimed. “You may not discover a higher instance of blackmail in worldwide relations.” 

He warned that if Russia doesn’t raise its blockage of Ukrainian exports of crops, all the agricultural cycle might be interrupted and will spur a “multi-year meals disaster.”

Some background: Earlier than the struggle, Ukraine was the world’s fourth-largest exporter of corn and fifth-largest exporter of wheat, in keeping with the US State Division. Nearly 30% of world commerce in wheat got here from Russia and Ukraine alone.

Talking at a panel dialogue, Kuleba stated Russia and Ukraine are nowhere close to the opportunity of negotiated peace and that Moscow has no intention of collaborating in discussions geared toward ending the struggle. 

“If you find yourself conducting an operation like this, you principally say no to negotiations. If Russia had most popular talks to struggle, they might have behaved in another way,” he stated.

Making concessions to Russia has not labored since 2014 and gained’t work now, Kuleba stated. 

“This technique has been utilized by the main international forces from 2014 to Feb. 24, 2022. Make concessions right here, make concessions right here, it would assist forestall struggle. It has failed. Eight years of this technique has resulted in missiles hitting Kyiv and bloodshed in Donbas,” the international minister stated.

Kuleba known as once more for additional sanctions towards Russia, particularly stopping the acquisition of Russian oil, which he stated is conserving Moscow in a snug place.

“Ukraine is struggling greater than Russia is with the sanctions towards it. … After three months of struggle, my message is easy: kill Russian exports. Cease shopping for from Russia and permitting them to generate profits that they put money into the struggle machine to kill and destroy,” he stated.