Blinken called on the world to contribute to the extension of the ‘grain agreement’

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Peter Kavinsky

Russia’s war on Ukraine has dramatically increased the number of people around the world with acute food insecurity, so the UN should step up efforts to extend the “grain deal”.

This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at the Global Food Security Summit during the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, reports a Ukrinform correspondent.

“By early 2022, conflict, COVID-19, the effects of the climate crisis have already pushed more than 190 million people out of acute food insecurity,” stressed the head of US diplomacy.

At the same time, he pointed out that, according to the Food Security Program, the war Putin unleashed against Ukraine “could add more than 70 million people” to this number. “And this already staggering figure is getting even more staggering,” said the secretary of state.

Also read: Erdogan: Agreement to open grain corridors is UN’s greatest achievement in recent years

In this regard, he recalled the efforts of the United States and more than 100 other countries to strengthen food security, including the allocation of funds to support the food and agricultural markets, the growth of fertilizer production, etc. Blinken also called on to more aid to countries currently suffering most from the manifestations of the food crisis.

In particular, he stressed the importance of extending the agreement concluded with the UN and Turkey mediation on grain exports from Ukrainian ports. Blinken said that despite Russian misinformation, “grain (from Ukraine – ed.) and other foods go where they are needed – to the countries that need it most.” It also helps lower food prices around the world.

Also read: Borrell accused Putin of lying about Ukrainian grain exports

“This agreement must be continued, it must be extended (after the end of its validity – ed.), and this is urgently needed,” the US Secretary of State summed up.

As Ukrinform reported, Ukraine, Turkey, the Russian Federation and the UN signed an initiative on July 22 in Istanbul for the safe transportation of grain and food from the ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny. The grain agreement is for 120 days and all parties except Russia plan to extend it.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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