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Russia is "weaponizing" food, Jolly told a federal partner

The federal leaders, who met for the first time in four years, talked about the risks of food security and hunger as Canada's Foreign Minister tried to take responsibility for the imminent crisis at Russia's feet. We talked.

"It is clear that Russia is weaponizing food, damaging many countries around the world and endangering the lives of 50 million people," Melanie Jolye reported late Friday. He told the group, giving her summary. The first day of the Federal Convention in Kigali, Rwanda.

Ukraine is the world's fourth largest grain exporter, with more than 3000 million tonnes of grain reportedly awaiting export. Farmers are said to be building temporary silos and are worried because the summer harvest is only a few weeks away.

Odesa, Pivdeny, Mykolaiv's Black Sea port and Chorno Morsk serve as major terminals — transporting approximately 4.5 million tonnes of grain per month, but Russia Navy blockade prevents movement.

According to a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) based in Washington, Russia is using transportation bottlenecks to attack Ukraine's food storage facilities. is.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Russian troops attacked grain storage silos across the country and stole an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 tonnes of grain from the occupied territories .

A CSIS report posted online on June 15 states: "Russia destroys one of Europe's largest food storage facilities in Brovary, about 19km northeast of Kieu, the capital of Ukraine . I did. "

Journalists destroyed to store food after Russia attacked in Brovary 12 days ago on the outskirts of Kyiv on March 29. Walk in the warehouse. .. (Rodrigo Abd / The Associated Press)

The subject of Russia's blockade of Ukrainian grain exports is also the center of the G7 summit, which begins in Germany on Sunday . ..

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the United States, not Russia's military action in Ukraine, for endangering food security, raising inflation and fuel prices, and against the crisis. He made a bitter criticism.

He reinforced the message last week on a phone call with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Cyril Ramaphosa was one of the federal leaders skipping this week's meeting.

Africa relies heavily on Ukraine and — less — Russian grains. For the leaders who appeared in Rwanda,

 said Jolly was clear about Canada taking responsibility for the crisis. 

Jolly says it's not the fault of sanctions

"This isn't the fault of Western sanctions," she said. "This is really Putin's war of choice and is affecting food security around the world."

Ten federal members announced Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in a UN resolution last spring. I abandoned the blame.

Jolly believed that Canada had "advanced" at the conference, and she said she persuaded some of these countries to stand stronger against Ukraine, but she did. It wasn't the target.

A policy session prior to the Commonwealth Prime Minister called on African countries to become more self-sufficient in food supply to offset imports.

Agnes Calibata, chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), told the conference that the agricultural sector in developing countries in the federal government is "significantly underinvested." According to local media reports, she "sought appropriate funding to increase the productivity of the sector, strengthen its resilience, address climate change and create jobs.