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Ukraine: Di Maio fears grain shortage could spark new wars

Russian blockade having 'devastating effects' says foreign minister

(ANSA) - ROME, JUN 6 - Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Monday that he feared international grain shortages following Russia's blockage of Ukraine's ports could trigger new wars in other parts of the world.
    "There are devastating effects (of the Ukraine war), such as the grain (shortage), such as the food emergency," Di Maio said during a visit to Naples.
    "Here we have the risk of new wars breaking out thousands of kilometres away from Ukraine because Russia is blocking the export of grain from Ukrainian ports with its Navy ships".
    He said Italy was taking action to counter the threat of a food crisis.
    "We are working with initiatives involving all the countries of the Mediterranean, our partners and the United Nations agencies," he said.
    "This week we will host an important dialogue event with all the countries of the Mediterranean to find solutions to prevent a food crisis causing greater migrant flows to Italy". (ANSA).
   

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