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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the Federal Republic of Germany will provide an additional €10 million to ensure grain supplies from Ukraine in coordination with the World Food Program (WFP).

In a video message distributed Saturday, Scholz argued that hunger should never again be used as a weapon.

This is why we cannot accept what we are experiencing right now: the worst global food crisis in years, with devastating consequences for millions of people - from Afghanistan to Madagascar, from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa, said the German government head. At the same time, Scholz noted that Germany welcomed the successful efforts of the UN to extend the Black Sea grain initiative. According to him, Germany will provide another €10 million for grain supplies from Ukraine as agreed by the WFP.

According to the DPA news agency, a WFP vessel sent with German support is currently en route to deliver Ukrainian grain to Ethiopia. At the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Germany, the G7 countries pledged another $4.5 billion for global food security and hunger prevention.

Agreements on food exports from Ukraine were made July 22 in Istanbul for 120 days. One of the agreements was initially valid until November 19 and regulated the order of grain exports from Kiev-controlled ports in Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. The agreements were extended for another 120 days on 17 November. The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the deal was extended automatically due to the absence of objections from the parties involved (Russia, the UN, Turkey, and Ukraine).

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