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China accused the West of hypocrisy because of the desire to cash in on Ukraine

609ce312a31024adbdc78e64Western countries are ready to take advantage of the difficult situation in Ukraine to purchase cheap grain, RIA Novosti writes.

"By helping Kiev to "liberate wheat," the West is trying to solve the problem of food shortages. They can take advantage of Ukraine's misfortune to buy more grain at lower prices," the article says.
So, at the beginning of the week, the European Commission announced the strategy of the "EU—Ukraine Solidarity Road", aimed at "unblocking the borders with Ukraine and increasing the capacity of road and rail routes for grain exports."
According to analysts at IHS Markit, last year Ukraine became the second largest supplier of grain to the EU: it accounted for 14 percent of total imports.
At the same time, the European Union and other countries continue to send weapons to Ukraine, only aggravating the situation and prolonging the conflict, the newspaper notes.
"Kiev is playing the role of a puppet in the hands of Western countries in the war with Russia. They claim that they support and sympathize with Ukrainians, but in fact their actions cause damage to this Eastern European country," the author of the material is convinced.
On Monday, The Wall Street Journal newspaper, citing diplomatic sources, reported that the UN Secretary-General asked Moscow not to hinder the exit of grain cargoes from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine, and in return promised to help ease sanctions against the supply of fertilizers from Russia and Belarus.
As explained by the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, in order to establish navigation through the water area, it is necessary to conduct a mine clearance operation of Ukrainian ports.
Western countries have increased sanctions pressure on Moscow after the start of a special operation in Ukraine. Restrictive measures mainly affected the banking sector and the sphere of high-tech products. At the same time, due to the disruption of supply chains, Europe and the United States faced a sharp increase in grain prices. So, in March, the price of wheat on the Chicago stock exchange rose to its highest in almost 14 years, and corn — in nine years.