National Interest calls wheat export “hybrid weapon” of Russia :: Politics :: RBC

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Russia may use wheat export restrictions as instruments of political influence. This conclusion was made by the American magazine The National Interest.

The publication notes that now Russia is the largest exporter of wheat in the world, in 2028 it is expected that it will control 20% of the global grain market. This influence can be enhanced by the introduction of new agricultural land.

“Russia can do export [пшеницы] political leverage. She could use it to influence countries with food instability, ”the magazine writes.

US Department of Agriculture predicts Russia one of the largest wheat crops

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As an example, The National Interest cites a quota for the export of wheat and other types of crops during the coronavirus pandemic. “Russia’s actions have led other countries to rush to increase their grain reserves, adding additional costs to budgets,” the publication explains.

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