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Blinken Tells Russian Diplomats to Stop Blocking Ukraine Grain

  • Blinken directly confronts Russian diplomats over Ukraine
  • Meetings happen as war’s impact pushes millions into poverty
Antony Blinken at the G-20 meeting in Bali, on July 8.

Antony Blinken at the G-20 meeting in Bali, on July 8.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken blamed Russian diplomats for Moscow’s role in worsening global food insecurity in a rare encounter at a Group of Twenty foreign ministers meeting in Indonesia, according to a western official. 

Although Blinken is not meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the G-20 meeting in Bali, he addressed Russian diplomats directly in a plenary session on Friday, according to the official who declined to be named citing rules for speaking to the media.