Weisenhaus, Germany (AP) — Top diplomats from the G7 gathered in northern Germany on Thursday for a three-day meeting on Russia’s war against Ukraine And its wider impact around the world, especially on food and energy prices.
The host of the meeting, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, said the conflict had become a “global crisis” because Transportation of major crops Trapped in Ukraine, a major agricultural exporter.
“There are currently 25 million tonnes (27.5 million tonnes) of grain blocked in Ukrainian ports, especially Odessa,” Baerbock said. “Cereals are food for millions of people around the world, African places and the Middle East. “
“That’s why we’re discussing how to lift the food blockade that Russia has put in place, how we can get food to the world,” she added.
Belbork warned that climate change is further exacerbating the brewing global food emergency – another topic ministers plan to discuss during a meeting in Weissenhaus, a resort on the Baltic coast northeast of Hamburg, Germany.
About 3,500 police officers were deployed at the event site to provide security.
Ukraine and neighboring Moldova, fearing they could be the next target of Russian aggression, have their foreign ministers invited to the meeting as guests. Indonesia’s foreign minister, whose country chairs the major G20 economies this year, is expected to attend part of Friday’s meeting remotely, when relations with China will be on the agenda.
Speaking in Berlin earlier on Thursday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kouleba welcomed the recent decision by the German government to step up military support for Ukraine.
“We’re seeing positive, positive dynamics,” Kuleba told reporters after a meeting with German lawmakers. “We have to make sure that positive momentum is maintained.”
Kuleba said he believed Prime Minister Olaf Scholz’s center-left Social Democrats had given up their “signal of strength” against the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine.
He also expressed the hope that the EU will approve Ukraine’s application to start the process of joining the EU as soon as possible.French President Emmanuel Macron hints it could be decades before ukraine is ready become a full EU member.
Belbok, who recently became the first high-ranking German representative to travel to Ukraine since the war began, has supported Ukraine’s EU application. When asked about Ukraine’s demands for fighter jets, Belbok was less encouraging, citing the risk of NATO being drawn into a conflict with Russia.
“We have taken a clear position on the no-fly zone and aviation support,” she told reporters.
The British foreign secretary has called for Ukraine to receive more advanced military support, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin should face “a defeat in Ukraine, which deprives him of any benefits and ultimately limits further aggression.”
“To help Ukraine, we need to go faster and further,” Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told the meeting, according to remarks released by her office.
“Ukraine’s best long-term security will come from its ability to defend itself,” Truss said. “This means providing Ukraine with a clear path to NATO standard equipment.”
Also present at the Weissenhaus meeting were the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Italy and Japan. Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Newland represents the United States; US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is recovering from COVID-19 but plans to travel to Berlin for a weekend meeting of NATO foreign ministers.
NATO meeting will also hear from the foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland The two countries are ready to join Fearing a military threat from Russia, Western military alliances.
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