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Russia ‘turning wave of food crises into tsunami’ by blocking grain exports

Germany’s foreign minister says preventing movement of 25m tonnes of supply is ‘using hunger as a weapon of war’

Russia has transformed an existing life-threatening wave of food crises into a tsunami by blocking the export of 25m tonnes of grain from Ukraine’s ports, the Germany’s foreign minister has said.

Speaking at the start of an inter-ministerial food conference in Berlin, a precursor to the G7 meeting in Germany starting this weekend where aid groups will demand a big financial commitment to help Africa, Annalena Baerbock said 345 million people worldwide were currently threatened by food shortages.

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