Paris, 17 July 2023 (TDI): While considering global food security as a pressing concern,  France is taking a strong stance against Russia’s suspension of its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

The initiative has been critical in ensuring the export of Ukraine’s grain to global markets, particularly in supporting vulnerable populations in need.

Russia’s unilateral decision to block navigation in the Black Sea and impose an illegal blockade on Ukrainian ports is exacerbating the food security crisis and threatening the stability of grain deliveries worldwide.

France condemns Russia’s actions and holds it solely responsible for the disruption of grain exports and its impact on global food security.

The suspension of Russia’s participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative is seen as an attempt to wield food as a weapon, and it has been declared unacceptable by France.

Moreover, recognizing the urgency of the situation, France has taken decisive steps to increase its international food aid to over €840 million for 2023.

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This aid will be directed towards assisting people who are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

By providing substantial support, France aims to alleviate the suffering of those affected and ensure they have access to essential nourishment during these challenging times.

France calls upon Russia to immediately reverse its decision and resume its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative.