“Ministers discussed the continuation and deepening of the European response to the war in Ukraine and support for the country,” said a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry.
“The two ministers also discussed the situation in Moldova and their common determination to support it in the face of the dangers of its instability,” added Anne-Claire Legendre.
Transnistria in the breakaway region of Russia in Moldova was shaken this week by a series of explosions that sparked fears of a war destroying neighboring Ukraine.
France on Tuesday said it supported Moldova, which is in “danger of instability”, and reiterated its “support” for the country’s territorial integrity.
Le Drian and Baerbock also discussed the war’s “threats to food security” in Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain producers.
And “reaffirmed their commitment to provide assistance to countries in need” during the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union – the first half of 2022 – and the German Presidency of the G7 (the group of the world’s most industrialized countries). consisting of Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom).
The global food crisis, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, could plunge 10 million people worldwide into poverty, Washington said.
Russia and Ukraine are the world’s first and fifth exporters of wheat, accounting for 30% of world supply.
Since Russia’s occupation of Ukraine on February 24, tons of grain have been stuck in the shipyards of Ukrainian ports, such as the bombing town of Mariupol, which has been besieged by the Russian army since the beginning of March.
Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s need to “denatrify” and demilitarize neighboring Russia for security reasons – condemned the international community in general, responding by sending weapons to Ukraine. Sanctions are being imposed on Russia, affecting virtually every sector from banking to sports.
About 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, and the war that has passed today, 65, has so far escaped more than 13 million people, more than 5.4 million of them to neighboring countries. the latest UN data that it is the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II (1939-1945).
The UN confirmed today that at least 2,899 civilians were killed and 3,235 injured, stressing that the real numbers could be much higher and will only become clear once access is given to the besieged cities or areas that have fought fierce fighting so far.