Buying stolen goods: EU urges countries not to become complicit in Russia’s crimes

As of June 7, Russia has stolen $100 million worth of Ukrainian wheat.

Russia steals Ukrainian grain and sells it as its own / REUTERS illustration
Russia steals Ukrainian grain and sells it as its own / REUTERS illustration

In the fourth month of Russia’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, the representative of the European Union’s foreign service, Peter Stano, called on all countries of the world not to buy grain from Russia , which the aggressor country exports from Ukraine.

It is reported by TASS .

“We urge all countries of the world not to buy from Russia the grain stolen in Ukraine, we urge them to find out the origin of the grain,” the representative of the EU foreign service said.

According to the EU Foreign Service, Russia tried to sell the stolen grain to Egypt, but Egypt refused the deal.

The head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, announced that the EC is currently creating overland green lines for the accelerated export of more than 20 million tons of grain from Ukraine through Poland, Slovakia and Romania. According to her, in this way the European Union “simplifies exports from Ukraine”, which will allow Kyiv to purchase the necessary goods.

“We call on all partners not to restrict trade in agricultural products. Any trade restrictions are absolutely unacceptable either in our member countries or around the world,” she said.

Grain theft from Ukraine: 

As of June 7, Russia has stolen up to 500,000 tons of Ukrainian wheat worth $100 million since the Russian invasion in February, according to Ukrainian officials. 

Most of this cargo was delivered by trucks to ports in the occupied Crimea and then transported by ships, including those under Western sanctions.

The US State Department has named the Russian ships Matros Koshka, Matros Pozynich and Mikhail Nenashev as suspected of carrying stolen grain.

These ships cruised between the Kerch Strait, which separates Crimea and Russia, and various ports in the Eastern Mediterranean.

At the same time, maritime tracking websites and experts noted that the Russian Federation hides information about the vessels involved. In particular, sanctioned vessels often turn off their transponders while they are not at sea to hide their port of departure. Sometimes they moored in Turkey or Syria.

According to media reports,  Ukrainian grain is loaded onto ships every day in Sevastopol.

Earlier it became known that the Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN  prepared a roadmap to ensure the operation of a safe corridor for the export of agricultural products from the ports of our state. At the same time, Turkish representatives have been conducting diplomatic contacts for some time to form a special mechanism that will ensure the safe delivery of grain from Ukraine to world markets.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine  was not invited to the negotiations between Turkey and the Russian Federation  on the export of grain through the Black Sea. The meeting is to be held in Ankara on 8 June.

The head of state suggested that Turkey was meeting with the Russians, in particular, that the Russian Federation would guarantee Ankara that nothing would happen to their ships. The head of state also noted that the authorities rejected the proposal of Belarus, which allowed the Russians to launch rockets from their territory and send products through a neighboring country.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said that only Russia is to blame for the food crisis that is unfolding in the world due to the war in Ukraine  . Despite the Kremlin’s propaganda that spreads fakes, the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine have affected the whole world.

On June 6, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the US has evidence that  Russia is stealing grain  from Ukraine to sell for profit.

(C)UNIAN 2022

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