DISINFO: Western sanctions against Belarus and Russia destabilise the world
  • Outlet: de.news-front.info (archived)*
  • Date of publication: June 10, 2022
  • Article language(s): German
  • Reported in: Issue 295
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Russia
Sanctions food

DISINFO: Western sanctions against Belarus and Russia destabilise the world


Western sanctions against Belarus and Russia destabilise the world

[...] new restrictions on Minsk and Moscow imposed in early June could trigger a global economic and humanitarian catastrophe.

In the current situation, however, the damage of the sixth sanctions package will be more severe not for Belarus and not for Russia, but for the initiators themselves. In this case, it is about a looming food problem in the world that may develop into a famine of global proportions, which will also directly and indirectly affect the West. Many analysts are already warning that food shortages in poor countries could lead to a new migration of people and the resulting chaos in Europe. At the same time, the problems could bypass the USA, and Washington will gladly watch Europe go down.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about sanctions, aiming to deflect attention from the global consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including the looming global food crisis.

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 attacked and destroyed substantial food stocks, production, as well as processing and transport capacities in Ukraine, and continue to block Black Sea trade routes, which prevent the export of Ukrainian grain.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine could soon cause a global food crisis that may last for years, the UN has warned. The World Bank calls it a human catastrophe.

EU sanctions are directed against the Russian government, the financial sector and the economic elites, targeting the 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.

Addressing the UN Security Council, European Council President Charles Michel stated:

"Russia is solely responsible for this food crisis, Russia alone. Despite the Kremlin's campaign of lies and disinformation. I have seen it with my own eyes. In Odesa, millions of tons of grain and wheat stuck in containers and ships because of Russian warships in the Black Sea and because of Russia's attack on transport infrastructure. And it is Russian tanks, Russian bombs and mines that are preventing Ukraine from planting and harvesting."

For more information on this topic, read the EUvsDisinfo article covering Russian disinformation related to food security.

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


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