UN / US BLACK SEA INITIATIVE REAX

17-Jul-2023 00:01:52
Addressing journalists, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States, described the Russian decision to suspend its participation in the Black Sea Initiative as “another act of cruelty.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / US BLACK SEA INITIATIVE REAX
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 JULY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Med shot, exterior, flags, United Nations Headquarters

17 JULY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Thomas-Greenfield walking to stakeout

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Less than a week after shutting down this humanitarian lifeline, Russia has dealt another blow to the world’s most vulnerable. This time by suspending its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative. This is really another act of cruelty.”

FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

4. Close up, cameraman, camera

17 JULY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“According to the World Food Program, more than 345 million people are suffering from high levels of food insecurity. And we know, without a shadow of doubt, that Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine has pushed millions and millions more people to the brink, especially in the Middle East and Africa. That’s what made the Black Sea Grain Initiative brokered by the UN and Türkiye such a beacon of hope.”

FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

6. Close up, camera

17 JULY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“But today, Russia has thrown all this progress and all of this hope to the wind. And while Russia plays political games, real people will suffer.”

FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

8. Close up, cameraman

17 JULY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“These are the consequences of Russia’s actions. This is what it looks like when one country – one country – decides to hold humanity hostage. The bottom line is this: the world needs the Black Sea Grain Initiative. And all Member States must come together and urge Russia to reverse its decision; resume negotiations; extend, expand, and fully implement this initiative."
10. Pan right, Thomas-Greenfield, Whelan leaving stakeout
STORYLINE
Addressing journalists today (17 Jul), Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States, described the Russian decision to suspend its participation in the Black Sea Initiative as “another act of cruelty.”

Thomas-Greenfield noted that according to the World Food Program, more than 345 million people are suffering from high levels of food insecurity, “And we know, without a shadow of doubt, that Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine has pushed millions and millions more people to the brink, especially in the Middle East and Africa.”

She added, “That’s what made the Black Sea Grain Initiative brokered by the UN and Türkiye such a beacon of hope.”

She emphasized, “Today, Russia has thrown all this progress and all of this hope to the wind. And while Russia plays political games, real people will suffer.”

The Permanent Representative of the United States stressed, “These are the consequences of Russia’s actions. This is what it looks like when one country – one country – decides to hold humanity hostage."

She concluded, “The bottom line is this: the world needs the Black Sea Grain Initiative. And all Member States must come together and urge Russia to reverse its decision; resume negotiations; extend, expand, and fully implement this initiative.”
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