Expressing their gratitude to Turkey and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterress for his efforts to reopen the Black Sea grain corridor, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “The world has to remind every few weeks to use people’s hunger as a weapon in Moscow’s war against Ukraine. shouldn’t stay,” he said.
Blinken held a joint press conference in Washington after meeting with British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.
Stating that they discussed the Ukraine-Russia war, competition with China, regional and global security issues during the meeting, Blinken said, “We also discussed the urgent need to extend and expand the scope of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.”
Blinken said, “In recent days, Russia has once again returned to the cynical act of preventing ships from going to Ukrainian ports, reducing the amount of food going to the world market, to people in need of food in Africa, the Middle East and around the world. We are grateful to the UN Secretary-General and our colleagues in Turkey for their tireless efforts to break the impasse. “The world should not have to remind every few weeks not to use people’s hunger as a weapon in Moscow’s war against Ukraine.”
Ukraine war is not a movie
Commenting on the same issue, Cleverly said that the economic effects of the Ukraine-Russia war were itself a part of the war rather than a side effect.
The British minister said that if the principles in the United Nations Agreement established after the Second World War are not implemented, big countries will not stop invading their small neighbors and the world will become a more dangerous place.
Cleverly said, “The Ukrainians may be suffering a lot, but this is not just about Ukraine. It’s in our and Ukraine’s interests, and it’s right for us to defend them and stay firm in our support. If we don’t stand firm, this war will be more painful and more expensive. will become,” he said.
Commenting on Ukraine’s expected counterattack, Cleverly said:
“This is not a movie. There is no certainty when it comes to war. The Ukrainians have performed beyond expectations, but there are no guarantees in war. Therefore, we have to admit that we have to give the Ukrainians a big boost. Like I said, they learned quickly, very successfully “They have adapted and defended themselves incredibly effectively. And even if this impending attack brings big gains, we must continue to support until this conflict is properly resolved.”
Reaction to the return of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria to the Arab League
Both ministers criticized the return of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria to the Arab League.
Blinken said that the Assad regime does not deserve a free return to the Arab League and they have made it clear to Arab countries.
Stating that they will not normalize relations with the Assad regime, Blinken also stated that they share the same goals with Arab countries in terms of returning refugees, finding a political solution to the crisis, and delivering humanitarian aid to Syrians without any problems.
Blinken stated that they agree with the Arab countries on the breaking of Iran’s influence in Syria and the permanent defeat of DAESH.
“Let me tell you what I said to our partners in the region. The UK is uncomfortable with Syria’s free return to the Arab League,” Cleverly said.
Stating that the Assad regime’s return to the Union should be conditional, Cleverly noted that his return should be tied to at least some fundamental changes in the Assad regime’s behavior, and that refugees who want to return to their homes should be commemorated to be protected.