LONDON, England. The British Minister of Agriculture Victoria Prentis has called for an investigation into the alleged theft of grain by Russia from Ukraine, the fourth largest producer of grain in the world.
Speaking at a conference of the International Grain Council (IGC) in London, Prentice said he had personally heard allegations of grain theft by Russia from sources in the southern Kherson region of Ukraine, describing them as very serious.
Russia has previously denied allegations of stealing Ukrainian grain.
Both the United Nations (UN) and Turkey are trying to reach a deal to ship Ukrainian grain from the ports of Odessa, but Russia has insisted that Western sanctions be lifted as part of the deal.
However, the chances of a successful deal are slim as both sides accuse the other of disrupting global food supplies.
The West blames Russia for food supplies, while Moscow blames Ukraine for its mines in the Black Sea and international sanctions against it.
Last week, Ukraine announced that Russia was supplying stolen grain to Turkey from Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. It blamed Russia for sending 100,000 tons of stolen Ukrainian wheat to Syria.
The reputation of Russian companies will be damaged by years of attempts to trade in stolen grain, said Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine, during the conference.
The United Kingdom has called for an investigation into the theft of grain by Russia in Ukraine
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