US accuses Russia of using the food crisis it caused for global blackmail

7 June, 12:08 PM
Antony Blinken (Photo:Jonathan Nackstrand/Pool via REUTERS)

Antony Blinken (Photo:Jonathan Nackstrand/Pool via REUTERS)

Russia has blocked Ukrainian ports and is pursuing a policy of blackmail against the entire world, said U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a virtual roundtable on June 6.

“President Putin is stopping food from being shipped and is aggressively using his propaganda machine to deflect or distort responsibility because he hopes it will get the world to give in to him and end the sanctions,” Blinken said.

“In other words, quite simply put - it’s blackmail.”

The U.S. Secretary of State pointed out that the Russian Federation is stealing Ukrainian grain in the occupied territories, and wants to benefit from this theft.

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He believes that Russia contributes to the worsening of the hunger situation in African countries.

Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky is said to have rejected a Russian proposal to export grain through Belarus, a state-controlled by pro-Kremlin dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin proposed this option but said the West must first lift sanctions on Belarus and the dictator Lukashenko.

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