Berlin, 17 July 2023 (TDI): In response to the recent decision by President Putin to withdraw Russia’s participation from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Annalena Baerbock, the German Foreign Minister, has expressed deep concern and condemnation.

She views this move as yet another instance of using hunger as a weapon, further exacerbating the ongoing global food security crisis.

Minister Baerbock has called on Russia to immediately reverse its decision and put an end to its war of aggression against Ukraine, highlighting the importance of upholding international law.


Furthermore, as Germany stands in solidarity with its partners, Minister Baerbock reaffirms the country’s commitment to supporting the timely and stable delivery of essential goods to the world, including agricultural products, through Solidarity Lanes.

These lanes have played a crucial role in facilitating the export of 38 million tonnes of grain from Ukraine since March 2022, contributing to stabilizing food prices and ensuring adequate food supplies for those in need.

Additionally, Minister Baerbock emphasizes the pressing need to address the issue of accountability in cases of aggression.

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The crime of aggression remains a complex aspect of international law, and she advocates for the reform of the Rome Statute to establish an internationalized special tribunal.

This reform would enable the proper adjudication of cases related to aggression and ensure that those responsible for waging wars of aggression are held accountable for their actions.

In addition to geopolitical conflicts, Minister Baerbock denounces Russia’s involvement in brutal crimes against innocent children in Ukraine.

Furthermore, she declared that the abduction and deprivation of identity of these children are grave violations of human rights and international law.

She calls on Russia to immediately cease these actions and to return the abducted children to their families, stressing that those responsible for these heinous crimes must be held accountable for their actions.