Putin blackmailing world over food - UK's Truss

Thursday, 26. May 2022 11:45

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss insisted on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "holding the world to ransom" over shortages of food caused by the war in Ukraine.

"It is completely appalling that Putin is trying to hold the world to ransom, and he is essentially weaponizing hunger and lack of food amongst the poorest people around the world. We simply cannot allow this to happen. Putin needs to remove the blockade on Ukrainian grain," Truss told reporters during her visit to Bosnia.

The secretary's remarks followed Moscow's offer to allow grain exports from Ukraine in exchange for the West lifting sanctions on Russia.

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