July 3, 2022

McConnell leads Republican senators on an unannounced visit to Ukraine

McConnell leads Republican senators on an unannounced visit to Ukraine

The world’s attention is focused more tightly on the food and energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the Group of Seven most advanced nations warning that it is now threatening an emergency for poor countries.

The Russian blockade of Ukraine’s ports on the Black Sea has halted exports of sunflower oil, wheat and corn, while disrupting the flow of fertilizers needed to boost crop yields. Ukraine is responsible for 10% of global wheat exports, 14% of corn exports and nearly half of the world’s sunflower oil, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

“Russia’s war of aggression has spawned one of the most severe food and energy crises in modern history that now threatens the most vulnerable all over the world,” the G7 said after a meeting in northern Germany.

The group also vowed not to recognize borders that Russia has changed by force.

“We will never recognize the borders that Russia has tried to change with military aggression, and we will support our participation in upholding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea, and all nations,” the G7 said.

The group said it would continue to increase economic and political pressure on Russia.

The G7 nations have also urged China not to help Russia, including by undermining international sanctions against Moscow.

“We encourage China to uphold Ukraine’s internationally recognized sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, in line with international law, and strongly urge Russia to stop its military aggression against Ukraine,” the statement said.