Nato’s Chief says that the spike in global food prices is “a direct consequence” of the war in Ukraine – and not, as Moscow has asserted, the consequence of sanctions on Russia.
“Export of food and grain from Ukraine is extremely critical,” Jens Stoltenberg tells reporters in Brussels.
He says: “The spike in food and grain prices shows global ramifications of this war.”
“Russia tries to create narrative that spike in grain prices are caused by our sanctions – that’s not correct.”
The secretary-general says international efforts are ongoing to try and lift the Russian blockade of Black Sea ports to allow the export of Ukrainian grain – with Turkey a key player in the negotiations
He adds: “There are some efforts to get some grain out over land – Nato countries are involved in that”.
Earlier this week UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned of a sharp increase in global food insecurity as the war in Ukraine continues.