Putin ‘holding the world to ransom’ over food, says Liz Truss

The British foreign secretary also accuses the Russian leader of ‘weaponising’ hunger

David Harding
Thursday 26 May 2022 18:17
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<p>Liz Truss</p>

Liz Truss

Vladimir Putin is holding “the world to ransom” over food, Britain’s foreign minister Liz Truss has claimed.

Speaking on a trip to Bosnia, she also accused the Russian leader of “weaponising hunger” across the world.

Responding to a question about whether she supported lifting sanctions in exchange for grain exports from Ukraine, the foreign minister responded: “It is completely appalling that Putin is trying to hold the world to ransom, and he is essentially weaponising hunger and lack of food amongst the poorest people around the world,.”

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