DISINFO: US, Canada, Switzerland to blame for surge in food and energy prices due to illegal sanctions on Russia
  • Outlet: tass.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: May 19, 2022
  • Article language(s): English
  • Reported in: Issue 291
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia, Ukraine, US, Canada, Switzerland
Invasion of Ukraine food Sanctions

DISINFO: US, Canada, Switzerland to blame for surge in food and energy prices due to illegal sanctions on Russia


By imposing illegitimate sanctions against Russia, the United States, Canada and Switzerland unleashed the current worldwide surge in energy and food prices, and they should be responsible for global crises to come.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about sanctions, imposed on Russia in connection with its war of aggression against Ukraine.

Ukraine is one of the world’s top agricultural producers and exporters. Before the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022, most of the food produced by Ukraine – enough to feed 400 million people – was exported through the country’s seven Black Sea ports, according to an estimate from the World Food Programme.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has destabilised global food markets and is driving food prices up due to increased cost of production, transport and freight insurance. Russia has destroyed substantial food stocks, production, as well as processing and transport capacities in Ukraine.

Russian warships block Black Sea trade routes, which prevent the export of Ukrainian grain.

EU sanctions are directed against the Russian government, the financial sector and the economic elites, targeting Kremlin’s ability to finance the military aggression. The agricultural sector in Russia is not targeted.

The US also exempts transactions for food, agricultural products and medical supplies from sanctions.

The EU is a leading humanitarian and development donor in food security and is spearheading international efforts with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

In December 2021, the EU has pledged €2.5 billion for 2021-2024 to reduce all forms of malnutrition at the Nutrition for Growth Summit in Tokyo.

Read more disinformation cases about Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine.


Related disinfo cases


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

    Your opinion matters!

    Data Protection Information *

      Subscribe to the Disinfo Review

      Your weekly update on pro-Kremlin disinformation

      Data Protection Information *

      The Disinformation Review is sent through Mailchimp.com. See Mailchimp’s privacy policy and find out more on how EEAS protects your personal data.