Easing sanctions against russia in exchange for unblocking the grain corridor would encourage the aggressor to commit new crimes, — Kira Rudik

Why is it crucial for the Global South to support Ukraine and how does the war in Ukraine affect the quantity and price of food? These questions were discussed by Kira Rudik, an MP of Ukraine, the leader of the Golos party, and the Vice President of ALDE during her meetings at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

«Currently, Ukraine is trying its best to find ways to export grain. However, we emphasize that compromises with terrorists are unacceptable. Fulfilling the kremlin's demands to lift sanctions in exchange for unblocking corridors would only encourage the aggressor to commit new crimes», — stressed the leader of Golos. 

According to Kira Rudik, it is the blocking of Ukrainian grain exports by the russian federation that has led to an increase in global food prices.

«Until February 2022, Ukraine was the world's second-largest grain exporter after the US. In 2021, we exported approximately 50 million tons of grain, generating revenue of around $12.5 billion. The plan for 2022 was to increase this figure to 70 million tons per year. However, due to the russian-blocked exports of Ukrainian grain, prices have risen by 23%», — summed up the MP.