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Zelenskyy Calls for Russia Exclusion from FAO

Thu 09 Jun 2022 | 06:43 PM
Omnia Ahmed

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to kick out Russia for causing the current food crisis.

“There cannot be even a question of Russia’s continued membership in the FAO," Zelenskyy said during the opening session of the OECD ministerial meeting in Paris on Thursday. "What is there for Russia to do if it’s working for starvation of at least 400 million people and, at most, a billion people?"

The call comes as Russia continues to block Ukraine's grain exports through the Black Sea, which has further pushed up high food prices globally.

"There are governments, countries and international organizations that believe they may be sitting back and not reacting to what is happening, this is a problem of values, not geopolitics," he indicated.

On his part, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who chaired the OECD conference, said: "The United Nations’ mediation efforts are significant steps, and I think, unfortunately, the only ones."

Zelenskyy has recently stated that Ukraine is launching a “Book of Executioners” to detail evidence of Russian war crimes in Kyiv.

“Next week, a special publication is to be launched – ‘The Book of Executioners’ – an information system to collect confirmation of data about war criminals, criminals from the Russian army,” Zelenskyy said in a video address.

“These are concrete facts about concrete inpiduals guilty of concrete cruel crimes against Ukrainians,” he added, citing the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where investigators found what they say is evidence of mass executions.