White House says Russia ‘weaponizing food’ with suspension of Ukraine grain deal

WASHINGTON — Russia’s suspension of its participation in a landmark agreement that allowed vital grain exports from Ukraine amounts to “weaponizing food,” the White House says in a statement today.

“Russia is again trying to use the war it started as a pretext for weaponizing food, directly impacting nations in need and global food prices, and exacerbating already dire humanitarian crises and food insecurity,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson says in a statement.

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