Zelensky calls for Russia to be excluded from the G20

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for Russia to be excluded from the main world economies of the Group of Twenty (G20) due to Moscow’s new ban on grain exports.

Zelensky reacted Saturday night to Russia’s decision to suspend the deal to export grain through Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

“Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, Bangladesh, Vietnam, these and other countries may suffer from a worsening of the food crisis deliberately caused by Russia,” Zelensky said in his evening video speech.

“Because a handful of people somewhere in the Kremlin can decide if there will be food on people’s tables in Egypt o in Bangladesh? “He asked.

A strong response is needed from the United Nations, but also from the Group of Twenty of the major industrial and emerging countries, he said. “Russia does not belong to the G20,” she added.

Since last September, Russia has delayed inspections – conducted together with the United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine – of the ships in Transit through the Bosphorus Strait, where 176 ships are stuck on about two million tons of grain in traffic jams.

Russia justified the withdrawal of the agreement due to drone attacks on ships belonging to the Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol on Saturday morning and blamed Ukraine for them. Moscow spoke of a terrorist act.

The next G-20 summit will be held in mid-November on the island of Bali in Indonesia. According to the Kremlin, it has not yet been decided whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the summit.