The free grain promised by Russia to six African countries will not be enough, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with Radio France published by the State Department on August 7.
He explained that 20 million tons of grain were exported under the "grain deal," while the current offer from the Russian leadership is limited to only 50 thousand tons.
"What Russia is offering is a drop in the ocean. It doesn't solve the problem. It won't stop the rise in prices. It won't change the fact that millions of tons of grain have been removed from the market and are unavailable to those in need, especially in developing countries," he declared.
The Secretary of State also emphasized that Russia's withdrawal from the grain deal has a significant impact on the global economy. He noted that even those countries that did not directly receive grain from Russia benefited from lower prices due to moderate market dynamics. However, after Russia broke the agreement, grain prices increased by 10-15% for all countries, affecting, in particular, those that imported grain from Ukraine directly.