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Putin Ties Grain Exports to Demand That Sanctions on Russia Go

  • UN has accused Russia of waging ‘war’ on global food security
  • Ukraine doubts Russian offer of safe passage from its ports
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How Russia’s Ukraine Invasion Has Paralyzed Grain Exports
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he’s willing to facilitate grain and fertilizer exports as global concern mounts about food shortages and rising prices -- but only if sanctions on his country are lifted.

Putin didn’t specify if he was referring to Russian exports or those from Ukraine that have been stopped by Moscow’s blockage of ports since its invasion began in late February. The U.S. and its allies would be highly unlikely to agree to remove the extensive sanctions placed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine in response to the Russian leader’s move to link it to the growing food crisis.