“The ministers discussed the European response to the war in Ukraine and the continuation and deepening of the support given to the country”, declared the spokeswoman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The two ministers also addressed the situation in Moldova and their joint determination to support it in the face of the risks of its destabilization”, added Anne-Claire Legendre.
The pro-Russian breakaway region of Transnistria, Moldova, was rocked this week by a series of explosions, raising fears of a spread to the country of the war that is destroying neighboring Ukraine.
France declared on Tuesday its support for Moldova, faced with “risks of destabilization” and reiterated its “support for the territorial integrity” of that country.
Le Drian and Baerbock also discussed the “threats to food security” caused by the war in Ukraine, one of the world’s biggest cereal producers.
And “reaffirmed their commitment to provide assistance to countries in need”, under the French presidency of the Council of the European Union — in the first half of 2022 — and the German presidency of the G7 (group of the most industrialized countries in the world, made up of Germany , Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan and United Kingdom).
The global food crisis, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, could plunge 10 million people around the world into poverty, according to Washington.
Russia and Ukraine are, respectively, the first and fifth world exporters of wheat, representing 30% of the global supply.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, tons of grain have been stranded on the docks of Ukrainian ports such as Mariupol, a bombed city that has been surrounded by the Russian army since the beginning of March due to its strategic position.
The Russian military offensive in Ukraine – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize the neighboring country for Russia’s security – was condemned by the generality of the international community, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine. and the imposition of sanctions on Russia that affect virtually every sector, from banking to sports.
Around 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, and the war, which has entered its 65th day today, has so far caused more than 13 million people to flee, more than 5.4 million of them to the countries neighbors, according to the latest UN data, which ranks it as the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).
The UN confirmed today that at least 2,899 civilians died and 3,235 were injured, stressing that the real numbers could be much higher and will only be known when there is access to besieged cities or areas hitherto under intense fighting.