G7 urges countries not to restrict food exports
In light of the Ukraine crisis, Germany, France, and the entirety of the Group of Seven have voiced concern over food exports and supplies.
German Agriculture Minister Cem Ozdemir voiced concern over countries limiting food exports in light of the Ukraine crisis. His words came following a meeting with his G7 counterparts.
In a joint statement, the G7 agriculture minister called upon all countries to uphold trade when it comes to food in light of fears of the action leading to food scarcity.
"We call upon all countries to keep their food and agricultural markets open and to take precautions against unjustified restrictive export measures," the G7 agriculture ministers said in a joint statement.
Macron concerned over food supply
According to French President Emmanuel Macron, the Russian special military operation in Ukraine will "deeply destabilize" food supplies in Europe and Africa as the world's breadbasket goes unplanted.
"Europe and Africa will be very deeply destabilized as regards food because of what can't be planted right now in Ukraine," the French president said.
"We will have to prepare for that and re-evaluate our production strategies," he further told reporters following an EU leaders' meeting at the Versailles Palace.
The operation in question was launched for several reasons, such as NATO's eastward expansion, the Ukrainian shelling of Donbass, and the killing of the people of the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic, in addition to Moscow wanting to "denazify" and demilitarize Ukraine.