President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky addresses participants at the Shangri-La Dialogue Summit in Singapore via a video link on June 11, 2022.
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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky warned the world would face a “serious food crisis” as Russia’s war on his country continues, as he virtually addressed Shangri-La talks in Singapore on Saturday.
Zelensky told delegates that his country was unable to export enough food because of Russia’s blockade on Black Sea ports, which was preventing exports from being sent to other countries.
Addressing 575 delegates from 40 countries at Asia’s top defense summit, he said, “The world will face a serious and serious food crisis and famine.”
Ukraine, along with Russia, is one of the largest producers and exporters of wheat and other essential foods such as other grains and oils.
“Meal [crisis] Touches Asia, Europe and Africa. Russia has closed the Black Sea. Prices are rising. Russia is violating international law,” Zelensky said in a question-and-answer session after his speech.
Zelensky said Russia’s war on Ukraine is a threat to the international law and order – beyond its impact on his country.
Zelensky said that Russia has launched a “disruptive campaign” and alleged that its war on Ukraine “is clearly something about NATO … about the West’s intention to advance into Europe anyway.” ” ,
“But really Russia’s war against Ukraine is not just about Europe, it’s about things that matter globally,” he said,
Zelensky said, the Russian leadership wants to “abandon” all the historical achievements of mankind, in particular the system of international law, calling on countries to block the sea and “break Russia’s capacity” for freedom of navigation. Is. does.
Invoking the words of Singapore’s founder Lee Kuan Yew, he said, “If there were no international law, and the big fish would eat the small fish and the small fish would eat the shrimp, we would not exist.”
Addressing the audience from an undisclosed location in Kyiv, Zelensky said that Ukraine would “certainly win” the war that Russia had started, in an sometimes passionate 20-minute address, which was met with long applause by its representatives. met with. responded to. The three-day security talks are being held for the first time after a gap of two years due to the pandemic.