European leader calls on world, China to pressure Russia

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  • “The Kremlin has decided to weaponize food, driving up hunger, poverty and instability.”Europe, Michel said, is working to help Ukraine, a big food exporter before the war, increase its shipments, and is also trying to address disruptions in fertilizer supplies and rising prices.
  • “Russia’s war impacts us all, no matter where we live, from Europe to Africa or the Middle East, and the single best way to end the acute crisis in food and energy is for Russia to end this senseless war and to respect the U.N. charter,” Michel said.
  • EU sanctions against Russia, he said, don’t target agricultural products, even though Russia has imposed restrictions on its own food and fertilizer products.
  • China, the world’s second biggest economy, has largely refrained from public criticism of Russia’s war, although Beijing has avoided direct support of the Russians, such as supplying arms.
  • “We don’t want to make the same mistakes maybe we make with Russia on fossil fuels,” which Europe was very dependent on, “with China, (where) we don’t want to be too dependent for the innovative technology that we need today and that we need more in the future.
  • It’s a battle for the idea that this is not acceptable to try to change by force internationally recognized borders.”Michel said he had no plans to meet with the most senior Russian present in Bali, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
By FOSTER KLUG Associated PressNUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) The European Council president urged global powers Tuesday to intensify pressure on Russia over its war against Ukraine, including Moscows [+3092 chars]