U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on russia to stop blocking the export of Ukrainian grain and reminded that Ukraine is a sovereign state.

During the meeting of G20 foreign ministers, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on Russia to stop blocking the export of Ukrainian grain and reminded that Ukraine is a sovereign state.

“To our Russian colleagues: Ukraine is not your country. Its grain is not your grain. Why are you blocking the ports? You should allow the export of grain,” Blinken said.

The Secretary of State noted that Moscow’s contributions to the U.N. World Food Program accounted for only a fraction of the organization’s 1 percent of donations. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was not in the room when Blinken spoke and left both plenary sessions as soon as representatives of other countries began to speak.

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