'So we should also draw red lines, but in a way which makes clear our solidarity with the third world. Medvedev predicts that, because of the war in Ukraine, “in some states, hunger may occur due to the food crisis” – a statement of breathtaking cynicism. As of May 2022, about 25m metric tons of grain are slowly rotting in Odesa, on ships or in silos, since the port is blocked by the Russian navy. “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that millions of people are ‘marching towards starvation’ unless ports in southern Ukraine which have been closed because of the war, are reopened,” Newsweek reports. Europe now promises to help Ukraine transport the grain by railway and truck – but this is clearly not enough. A step more is needed: a clear demand to open the port for the export of grain, inclusive of sending protective military ships there. It’s not about Ukraine, it’s about the hunger of hundreds of millions in Africa and Asia. Here should the red line be drawn.'
'We' - the 'free west' (he uses inverted commas but clearly endorses the fabulous concept) - are of course in no position to be drawing 'red lines'. On a point of fact aren't Turkey the ones blockading the Black Sea and not allowing ships through? Possibly there is a Russian blockade of Odessa too that I haven't heard about... Anyway he's gifting western militaries with a ready-made propaganda line here: Let our warships in to guard the grain which needs to go to the poor people in Africa & Asia. As if 'we' give a f* about them and the grain won't immediately go onto global markets to be sold to the highest bidder like everything else; as if when it does go to them it is used as a tool to undermine local agriculture and leverage debt repayments and IMF re-structuring.
All posture and smokescreens dressed up in academic pseudo-respectability. Always disliked this guy.