Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president and now a top security official, said on Thursday that the West should not expect Russia to continue supplying food if it slaps Moscow with devastating sanctions against Ukraine. .

“Our country is ready to fully fulfill its obligations. But it also expects help from its business partners, including on international platforms,” ​​Medvedev said on the Telegram messaging app.

“Otherwise, there is no logic: on the one hand, insane sanctions are imposed on us, on the other, they demand food. Things don’t work like that, we are not idiots”, said Medvedev, MP. Chairman of the Security Council of Russia.

“Countries that import our wheat and other food products will have a very difficult time without supplies from Russia. And on European and other fields, without our fertilizers, only juicy weeds will grow,” added Medvedev, who served as president between 2008 and 2012.

“We have every chance to make sure other countries have food and food crises don’t happen. Don’t interfere with our work.”

Russia and Ukraine alone produce 30% of the world’s wheat supply.

Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine and an unprecedented barrage of international sanctions against Russia have disrupted the supply of fertilizers, wheat and other basic commodities to both countries, driving up food and fuel prices, particularly in developing countries.

The UN has called on Russia to allow Ukrainian grain exports stuck in Black Sea ports.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused the Russian military of holding the “food supply” of millions of people around the world hostage.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday reiterated Moscow’s position that the food crisis was the result of, among other things, Western sanctions.

“The record number of restrictions imposed on Russia’s foreign economic potential was felt by the whole world. Moreover, economically vulnerable countries were the first to be affected,” she said in a statement.

Zakharova said Russia was continuing its food supplies in accordance with its trade agreements and as part of humanitarian aid.

“Our country is interested in the stable functioning of the global food market,” she said.