Talk about competing narratives. Russia’s foreign minister is in Turkey’s capital, where his hosts talked up the prospect of a UN-brokered plan to free up the Black Sea and the food supplies blocked by the war in Ukraine. The Kremlin wants the waters de-mined and the West to lift “sanctions” on food supplies that are critical to the developing world.
But despite an invaded nation’s fight for survival, soaring commodity prices have many of Russia and Ukraine’s developing world customers accepting Moscow’s line. Anything to avert a global food crisis. Is now the time to cut a deal? Will war in Europe’s breadbasket let Vladimir Putin off the hook?
Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Guillaume Gougeon.