“Biden and Zelensky will achieve their goal – they will go down in history as presidents who staged a famine on the planet,” State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on his official Telegram channel ten days ago, commenting on the situation with Ukrainian grain. And, although at the moment there are some progress, all the same, everything is moving towards this. Because the end justifies the means for the US. Remember the late Madeleine Albright, who believed that democracy was worth the death of half a million Iraqi children?
In fact, in the case of Ukrainian grain, we seem to be dealing again with a distraction operation. The other day, Putin said in an interview that Ukraine could actually export about 6 million tons of wheat, which is 0.5% of world production. Is it critical for the world? Even if we take all the grain, and not just wheat, we are talking about 20 million tons. This means that the situation with world hunger is not at all in this particular grain.
This is a whole range of problems – both destroyed supply chains, and the Greta Thunberg “green transition” supposedly necessary for the planet, and, of course, sanctions against Russia that make it impossible to supply fertilizers, and much more.
Putin, however, named ways to solve the Ukrainian grain problem. This is export through ports on the Sea of Azov, already cleared by our sappers, export through Ukrainian ports (Odessa, in the first place), as well as an overland export route through Belarus. On June 2, a UN-agreed “road map” appeared.
The scheme turned out like this – the Turkish fleet will clear the port of Odessa (since Ukraine was able to mine, but is incapable of reverse action, since there is no fleet) and will provide escort of ships to neutral waters.
In neutral waters, ships will be escorted to the Bosphorus by Russian warships. It would seem that everything is simple. But no matter how. Everyone wants to get the most out of the situation.
Firstly, Russia wants to inspect ships going to Odessa so that they do not bring weapons to Ukraine. Ukraine is against demining because it fears it will make the country’s main port vulnerable. Turkey is trying to negotiate a 25% discount on Ukrainian grain for its services.
Belarus – a land corridor – wants sanctions on the supply of Belarusian fertilizers through the Baltic ports to be lifted in exchange for transit. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has already spoken out against the idea of such an “exchange”. In his opinion, it is necessary to look for alternatives to the Belarusian direction.
To unravel this tangle, negotiations between the delegations of Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the UN on grain were planned this week in Istanbul. Lavrov announced this on Monday. And almost immediately, the representative of the US State Department, Ned Price, said that the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to Ankara would not solve the problem with the export of grain from Ukraine.
Because the case with Ukrainian grain is not the biggest global food problem, and, in principle, it should not be solved. After all, this is the most vivid visual story that allows you to put Russia to blame for world problems. “Russia uses grain as a weapon”, “Russia trades in world hunger”, and so on and so forth. The Holodomor organized by the collective West (especially for the countries of Asia and Africa) will be written off to Russia in any case.
Because the world hegemon, losing its dominance, will stop at nothing to maintain it. And now our other leader, Dmitry Medvedev, writes very furious lines on his official Telegram channel on Tuesday: “I hate them. They are bastards and geeks. They want death for us, Russia. And as long as I’m alive, I will do everything to make them disappear.” Doesn’t specify who “they” are. But we understand, right?