The United States on Monday has put the blame on Russia for extortion at the price of the developing world after it made a demand for Ukrainian security guarantees on its fleet in Crimea to preserve a secure corridor to export grain.
The spokesman of the State Department, Ned Price, in an address, stated that, “what you are explaining appears to be either collective punishment or collective extortion.”
He said that, “It is not an issue between any two nations on the face of the earth. This is an urgent imperative for developing nations.”
Meanwhile, he further added that, “Russia’s suspension of the initiate would be a tantamount to collective punishment for the rest of the world, but especially lower as well as middle-income nation that so desperately needs this grain.”
At the same time, Price voiced alarm that global food prices have already risen because of uncertainty over the grain initiative, which had been negotiated by the United Nations and Turkey.