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Russia tries to sell stolen grain

Blinken says reports Russia is ‘pilfering’ Ukrainian grain for profit are credible

Stationary Maya S cargo ship in the Black Sea wait to enter the Sulina Canal, a river channel that provides access to the Danube River, offshore from the port at Sulina, Romania, on Saturday, 4 June 2022. Ports in Romania are backed up with traffic or already at capacity while there are shortages of specialized personnel to handle the surge in demand as the region desperately tries to figure out how to get grain out of Ukraine. (Photo: Andrei Pungovschi / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday there are "credible reports" that Russia is "pilfering" Ukraine's grain exports to sell for profit.

Speaking during a virtual roundtable with philanthropies, non-governmental organizations and private sector entities, Blinken said the alleged theft was part of broader Russian actions during its war in Ukraine that have hit Ukraine’s ability to export its wheat crop and worsened a global food security crisis.

“There are credible reports, as we saw in one of our leading newspapers today, that Russia is pilfering Ukraine’s grain exports… to sell for its own profit,” Blinken said, an apparent reference to a New York Times story that said Washington last month warned 14 countries, mostly in Africa, that Russia was trying to ship stolen Ukrainian grain to buyers overseas.

Ukraine has accused Russia of shipping Ukrainian grain to countries including Turkey and Syria. Read full story

Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia stormed out of a U.N. Security Council meeting on Monday as European Council President Charles Michel addressed the 15-member body and accused Moscow of fueling a global food crisis with its invasion of Ukraine. Read full story

(Reporting by Simon Lewis and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Leslie Adler and Cynthia Osterman)

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  • Jos Verschoor says:

    If the Russians think it is credible to invade an independent country, justified by a President who is totally void of any human rights, the obvious for them to do after having created mayhem,murder,rape and who knows what else. It stands to reason, that after all that, steel food supplies, and sell for their own gain, to pay for a war started by a lunatic. What else does the world have to put up with before this character gets put before an international court of law!

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