U.S. Ambassador: We to not allow Russia to stop flow of food to world
Russia's withdrawal from the grain deal is reminiscent of the events that took place in Ukraine in the 1930s during the Holodomor, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink said during a special event at the Kyiv Security Forum, founded by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation.
"I think all of us look back at that time period and Stalin's brutal actions, when millions of Ukrainians died. This is something never to be repeated," she emphasized.
As the Foundation's press service reported on Tuesday, Brink noted that today it is important to remember the tragedy of the Holodomor and "do everything we can to prevent it from happening again."
"However, we are seeing some parallels today that seem quite similar. Since Russia decided to retire from the Black Sea Grain Initiative last summer, what we have seen is deliberate attacks on grain and port infrastructure, on food for the world," the ambassador said.
Brink recalled that the grain agreement came into force in the summer of 2022 and in a year made it possible to deliver 32 million tonnes of grain and other products to different countries of the world. "When Russia left the agreement and started these attacks, it looked pretty desperate for Ukraine obviously, but also for the world. And I think through the spirit and ingenuity of the Ukrainians and with support from others and very brave people creating the corridor, we have now seen over 130 ships move in and out from the Black Sea humanitarian corridor," she noted.
The United States, according to the ambassador, will help the Ukrainian government support the activities of this corridor. "We are determined not to let Russia stop food from going to the world and to prevent food from being used as a weapon," Brink concluded.