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Several high-level global officials criticized Russia on Tuesday morning for its role in the worsening international food crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine, one of the world’s biggest grain exporters, whose ports remain blocked by Russian forces. The nation says one move could cause millions to die.

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David Beasley, the head of the United Nations World Food Program, called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “keep heart” and unblock ports to prevent unnecessary deaths in one go. interview With CNN of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday in Davos, the President of the European Commission of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, accused Russia has been using food as a form of “hungry and grain to drive power” and “blackmail”.

United Nations and European Union assessment About According to the US Department of Agriculture, 20 million tons of grain are trapped in Ukraine, which is one of the world’s five largest exporters of wheat, corn and sunflower oils and food. information,

At a panel in Davos on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg threw cold water at plans for a naval escort operation to free Ukrainian grain exports backed by NATO members the United Kingdom and Lithuania, Saying Any attempt to unblock exports by sea will not be an “easy way forward”.