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Russia will not export food to the detriment of its own population, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council and former president Dmitry Medvedev has said, adding that the West can blame its own "cosmic cretinism" for the looming crisis.

In a lengthy Telegram post, Medvedev commented on recent statements by Western leaders about food security. As Russia and Ukraine are major wheat suppliers, accounting for some 30% of global exports, prices have significantly grown since the launch of the Russian military offensive in the neighboring state and the subsequent sanctions imposed on Moscow by the US, EU, UK and others. On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that fertilizers and food products from Russia should be available to the world markets without obstacles.

Medvedev agreed that without wheat and other food supplies from Russia, the importing countries would "have a very difficult time," especially, he noted, because, without Russian fertilizers, "only juicy weeds [would] grow" on their fields.

"Well ... that's sad. They've got themselves to blame," he wrote.

In Medvedev's opinion, the West is now "backing up" because "all these hellish sanctions are worthless when it comes to vital things," such as food or energy.

Sanctions interfere with everyone's desire to live a normal, prosperous life, the former Russian president argued. The expansion of NATO and the "mess with the calculations of debts, payments and other things" have aggravated the situation, he said.

"And what interferes the most is [the West's] own cosmic cretinism," he claimed.

According to Medvedev, Russia is ready to fulfill all of its obligations, but it has the right to expect some assistance from trading partners. Otherwise, he emphasized, there would be no logic to it: "On the one hand, insane sanctions are being imposed on us, and, on the other hand, [the West] is demanding food supplies."

"It will not happen, we're not idiots," he said, adding that there would be no export deliveries to the detriment of the Russian market.

"Food for the citizens of Russia is a sacred matter," he said.

Comment: Notably, China seems to have a similar attitude, which is why it has rice and grain supplies to last its people for at least a year, and it began subsidizing its farmers in earnest prior to the soaring cost of commodities, like fertilizer and fuel, meanwhile the UK establishment is paying its farmers to 'rewild' arable land and allowing tens of thousands of pigs to be dumped because... they wouldn't fit in the supermarket packaging.

Earlier on Thursday, Russian presidential adviser Maxim Oreshkin predicted a global famine which, in his opinion, would start "by the end of the autumn or by the end of the year."

Comment: A German politician, a Bank of England representative, and Tajikistan's President are just some of the other officials that have warned that this year will be fraught with food shortages and famine.

Since the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine in late February, Moscow, Kiev, and various Western players have been pointing fingers at each other over the looming food crisis.

During the G7 summit in March, French President Emmanuel Macron came up with a global "initiative for food security." It involves an emergency plan for the release of stocks in the event of a crisis, a multilateral commitment not to impose restrictions on the export of agricultural raw materials, a temporary increase in production thresholds, supporting sustainable food production in the most vulnerable countries, and creating a mechanism which would enable providing them with agricultural products "in sufficient quantity and at reasonable prices," if the need arises.