EU’s Ursula von der Leyen (the winner of Anti-Empire’s Most Supportive Wife of 2021 Award) informs us that “the Kremlin is again using food as a weapon”:
The statement is in reference to Ukraine’s grain (mainly produced by big agricultural companies, domestic and foreign alike).
The statement is a curious one for multiple reasons. First of all, a Russian naval blockade can not actually block Ukrainian grain from getting out. Ukraine isn’t an island and has railways. Even with a naval blockade grain could get out, but it would take longer, and the process would strain transloading yards between Ukraine and its neighbors where cargo has to switch onto narrow-gauge cars.