USA on Monday accused the Russian president, Vladimir Putinof using Ukrainian wheat as a “weapon” of war, said the Communications Coordinator of the National Security Council, John Kirby.
“President Putin he is definitely using food as a weapon. Let’s call him by his name is using food as a weapon”Kirby said at a White House press conference.
Kirby he explained that US President Joe Biden is considering a “wide range of options” and is in talks with his allies in Europe.
Asked by the press, the spokesman refused to specify whether Biden will promote any measure during the next G7 summit to dispose of the wheat that is stored in Ukraine and cannot reach the markets due to the blockade of ports by Russian forces.
Nevertheless, Kirby announced that the G7 summit, which will begin on Sunday in Elmau (Bavaria, Germany), will focus on Ukraine and, therefore, one of the main issues will be the scarcity of some foods due to the war.
Specifically, Biden and the rest of the leaders will show their support for Ukraine, do their best to hold Russia to account and discuss how to control the rise in inflation in various countries of the world, Kirby detailed.
Ukraine is one of the world’s leading grain producers. Currently it is estimated that there are about 25 million tons of grain blocked in Ukrainian ports.
The G7 in Elmau will be held right between the European Council in Brussels, which will open on Thursday, and the NATO summit in Madrid, which will open on Wednesday of the following week. In all three meetings, the dominant theme is Ukraine.