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14:50 23 May 2022

Zelensky calls any world community's response to famine late

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President Zelensky said that any response to famine in the world is overdue, as there's no tool to respond preventively to food crises.

President Volodymyr Zelensky stated this in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the EP reports.

"Any response to the mass famine is overdue by definition: we should stop the famine only preventively when it hasn't begun yet. But now the world has no such tool," said the President.

That is why, he continued, Ukraine proposes to create an organization of food-exporting countries. Earlier, Minister of Agrarian Policy Mykola Solskyi called for creating an influential Organization of Grain Exporting Countries, which would respond to global market challenges, at a meeting of G7 ministers.

Zelensky added that the world should have insurance against hunger, and Ukraine is ready to provide a platform for the organization.

In addition, Zelensky stressed in his speech that the russian war against Ukraine had shown that "aid to the attacked state is more valuable the sooner it is provided."

"Weapons, finances, political support, sanctions—if we got 100% of them right in February, the result would be tens of thousands of lives saved. That's why Ukraine needs all the weapons we ask for, not just the ones we are given. That's why we need finance of at least $5 billion and the entire funds needed for reconstruction," the President said.

Ukraine has set up the Ukraine24 Reconstruction Fund, and Zelensky has called on all partners to join Ukraine's reconstruction.

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