Russia Sells Stolen in Ukraine Grain to African Countries From $300/Ton

by Meifan Honcharuk
Friday, September 29, 2023
Russia Sells Stolen in Ukraine Grain to African Countries From $300/Ton

Russia left the grain deals, plunged developing countries into a food crisis, and is now forcing them to buy grain at inflated prices

The speaker of the Ukrainian NAVY, Dmytro Pletenchuk, informed that Russian ships continue to steal grain from temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, particularly Berdyansk and Mariupol. Occupiers use ships that are not connected to the Automatic Identification System. This system is used in international practice to enable states to promptly get information on vessels when they enter the country's waters: dimensions and destinations. Shutting down an AIS is a violation of international maritime law. However, the Russian Federation continues to enter Ukrainian ports to load the grabbed grain and deliver it to russia.

After getting free stolen Ukrainian grain, Russia drew up documents with the mark "made in Russia" and set its sale prices. The number one irony is that Russia sells grain to African countries that would not be on the food security line if not for the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports. Irony number two: Russia sells this grain for $300 per ton, while Ukraine provides it to countries in need for free. According to Bloomberg, Egypt refused to buy grain from Russia because of the overpriced price. This year, Egypt will buy about 500.000 tons of wheat in France and Bulgaria.

It should be noted that the Russian occupiers, during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, stole 3.7 million tons of grain from the occupied territories. Recall that the Russian Federation also annexed the peninsula of Crimea, rich in grain crops, fruits and vegetables. 

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