- by GI Magazine
- Sep 15, 2022
INDONESIA, July 1 (Reuters): Indonesia's president on the trip to Ukraine and Russia said that he hoped for progress in reintegrating the global food and fertilizer supply lines. President Joko Widodo, who is the G20 president, also spoke at a news conference alongside his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after a bilateral meeting in Moscow on Thursday. He said, “I appreciate President Putin who said earlier that he will provide a security guarantee for food and fertilizer supplies from Russia and Ukraine.” he added saying it was a reasonable opinion.
He also added saying For the sake of humanity, he also support the United Nations' efforts to reintegrate Russian food and fertilizer commodities and Ukrainian food commodities to re-enter the world supply chain. Jokowi has also taken a step towards urging the leaders of G7 during a meeting in Germany to ensure sanctions on Russia did not affect food and fertilizer supplies.
As the war in Ukraine had caused disruptions to the global trade, the prices of grain and wheat soaring had faced a blockade of Ukrainian seaports and sanctions on Russian commodities. Despite this, Jokowi in Moscow spoke alongside while President Putin denied Russia on the fact that Russia was blocking Ukrainian grain exports. "The Ukrainian military has mined the approaches to their ports, and No one prevents them from clearing those mines and we guarantee the safety of shipping grain out of there", he said.
Jokowi , on Thursday, said that he had conveyed a message from Zelenskiy to Putin, and said Indonesia remained willing to be a "communication bridge" between the two leaders. Likewise, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, said she had interacted with the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, among others. She said she had discussed about the food crisis and possible ways to re-integrate Ukraine and Russia into the global food chain.