The United States is not entertaining Moscow’s proposal to end of the blockade of Ukraine’s ports in exchange for the West lifting Russia sanctions, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said during a press briefing on May 25.
“So we certainly won’t lift our sanctions in response to empty promises, and we’ve heard empty promises before from the Russian Federation,” said Price.
“I think we have – all have good reason to be skeptical when we hear various pledges and offers from Russia.”
According to Price, the global food shortage, caused by the war, is not related to Western Russia sanctions but is due to Moscow’s “self-imposed” export restrictions.
Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov remain blockaded by the Russian navy, preventing Ukraine from exporting its agricultural produce.
The deficit of Ukrainian grain and seed oil is causing a global food crisis, with prices set to rise by 20-30% this year.