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Antony Blinken accuses Russia of using food as a weapon in Ukraine

Addressing the United Nations Security Council, Blinken appealed to Russia to stop blockading Ukrainian ports

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Thursday of using food as a weapon in Ukraine by holding "hostage" supplies for not just Ukrainians, but also millions around the world.

A senior official in Moscow later rejected the allegations, saying Russians were "not idiots" and would not export food while being subject to tough sanctions.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council, Blinken appealed to Russia to stop blockading Ukrainian ports.

"The Russian government seems to think that using food as a weapon will help accomplish what its invasion has not - to break the spirit of the Ukrainian people," he said.

"The

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First Published: May 20 2022 | 7:39 AM IST

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