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“We have seen no indication that Russia is prepared to accept a diplomatic solution”

“We have seen no indication that Russia is prepared to accept a diplomatic solution”

Russia is not seeking to find a diplomatic solution to put the war it started in Ukraine to an end, said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, during her tour across Africa.

“Earlier, I told you that over 190 million people were food insecure after COVID. Well, since Russia’s unprovoked war and a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we estimate that number could rise to 230 million. That would mean that more than 40 million people will have become food insecure since President Putin chose to invade his neighbor and steal their land. That’s more people than the entire population of Ghana,” said Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

“Why? Because Russia has systematically captured some of Ukraine’s most productive farmland. They have spoiled fields with mines and bombs, and they have stolen and destroyed vital agricultural equipment and infrastructure. They have even bombed grain silos and are selling grain that we believe was stolen from Ukraine’s stockpiles,” United States Ambassador to the United Nations emphasized.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen no indication that Russia is prepared to accept a diplomatic solution. Nevertheless, we owe it to the people of Ukraine, who are suffering so much, to support all efforts to end the war through good-faith dialogue and negotiations on terms the Ukrainians themselves decide,” she concluded.

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