“For some, it recalls a dark past – a time when the Soviet Union confiscated grain and the devastating famine of the 1930s,” Leiena said of a famine that claimed millions of lives in Ukraine.
Leiena said that Russia was acting ashamed by bombing grain storage facilities and blocking the export of agricultural goods, which had led to a sharp rise in wheat prices.
“Russia is currently suspending its food exports, using it as blackmail – suspending supplies to raise global prices or exchanging wheat for political support,” Leiena said, adding that hunger and grain were being used to show power.
Leiena called on the international community to respond, stressing that “global cooperation is an antidote to Russian blackmail.”
The EC is also supporting Africa to become less dependent on food imports, Leiena said.