Russia threatens to limit agri-food supplies only to ‘friendly’ countries
Former Russian president and senior security official Dmitry Medvedev threatened Friday to restrict agricultural and food exports only to “friendly” countries of Russia.
As a retaliation for the sanctions imposed by the West over its invasion of Ukraine, Russia “will not supply our products and agricultural products to our enemies,” Medvedev warned Friday on his Telegram channel.
“We will supply food and crops only to our friends,” he said, adding that Russia “will sell both for rubles and for their national currency in agreed proportions.”
Medvedev said that food is a “quiet weapon” in the fight against Western sanctions. “Quiet but ominous,” he added.
He also said that Russia won’t buy anything from its “enemies.” Back in 2014, it imposed a ban on importing selected agricultural products from the EU and other Western countries in the wake of sanctions after its annexation of Crimea.
Medvedev’s remarks come a day after Russia’s agriculture ministry imposed a quota on sunflower oil exports and banned the export of sunflower seeds and rapeseed.
Russia is the world’s largest exporter of wheat, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity. Moving forward with the ban would constitute another element in a looming hunger crisis.