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U.S. Secretary Of State Accuses Russia Of Using Food As A Weapon

Russia has been accused of ‘weaponizing’ food and holding grain for millions of people around the world hostage to “break the spirit of the Ukrainian people”.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a UN Security Council meeting called by the United States that the war has halted maritime trade in large areas of the Black Sea and made the region unsafe for navigation, trapping Ukrainian agricultural exports and jeopardising global food supplies.

Blinken said the meeting, which he chaired, was taking place “at a moment of unprecedented global hunger” fueled by climate change and Covid-19 “and made even worse by conflict”.

Since Russia’s invasion on February 24, he said, its naval operations have sought to control access to the northwestern Black Sea and the Sea of Azov and to block Ukrainian ports which the United States assesses to be “a deliberate effort” to block safe passage and shut down shipping.

“As a result of the Russian government’s actions, some 20 million tonnes of grain sit unused in Ukrainian silos as global food supplies dwindle, prices skyrocket, causing more around the world to experience food insecurity.”

-Anthony Blinken

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia dismissed as “absolutely false” claims by the U.S. and Western nations “that we want to starve everyone to death and that only you and Ukraine allegedly care about how to save the lives of the country”.

“You assert that allegedly we are preventing agricultural products from being taken out of Ukraine by sea,” he said.

“However, the truth is that it is Ukraine and not Russia that has blocked 75 vessels from 17 states in the ports of Nikolaev, Kherson, Chernomorsk, Mariupol, Ochakov, Odesa and Yuzhniy and has mined the waterways.”

Nebenzia warned: “Unless this issue is resolved, we cannot speak of any opportunities to export Ukrainian grain by sea.”

By Zerohedge.com

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  • Justin Miller on May 21 2022 said:
    And SOS Anthony Blinkin is in Russia’s list of corrupt American politicians who are banned from entering the country due to their corruption involving Ukraine.
    And rightfully so. American politicians are shadow communists.
  • Peter Herstel on May 22 2022 said:
    If the Americans or Europeans eat a few hamburgers less, all solved.
  • Ben Tan on May 23 2022 said:
    Potus Biden&amp;amp;amp;#039;s policy was the cause of our misery. Imagine the gasoline was $7/gal. In California. America suffers and most of us can not meet the end, and Potus Biden gives Ukraine $84 billion in aid and nothing for us. Who is to will blame if the House and Senate go to GOP?
    Potus Biden must do is to give American&amp;amp;amp;#039;s the stimulus money of $3k a month for 6 months. And also forgive the student loans, to lift the suffering of those graduates. If Potus Biden does this everyone will be happy. Just like former Potus Trump, does he give the military student loans forgiveness on stroke of a pen. That military obeys Trump in Jan.6 insurrections.

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