G7 criticizes India’s decision to ban wheat exports, says it will worsen crisis

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After India banned unapproved wheat exports on Saturday, agriculture ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries condemned the move.

German Agriculture Minister Cem Ozdemir said: “If the whole world starts imposing export restrictions or closing markets, that would make the crisis worse.”

“We call on India to shoulder its responsibility as a member of the G20,” he added. The decision was made at a time when world agricultural markets are under severe pressure due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which is one of the main wheat producers.

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The minister added that the issue will be raised during the G7 summit in Germany next month, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the summit.

Announcing the export ban, India said the wheat ban was implemented due to unregulated exports, which caused prices to rise in the country.

The G7 nations also said the war in Ukraine is fueling a global food and energy crisis that threatens poor countries, and urgent action is needed to unblock grain reserves that Russia prevents from leaving Ukraine.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who was hosting a meeting of top G-7 diplomats, said the war had turned into a global crisis.

The group also vowed to reinforce Russia’s economic and political isolation, continue to supply Ukraine with weapons and tackle what Germany’s foreign minister described as a “wheat war” being waged by Moscow.

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