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Putin says West used grain deal for ‘political blackmail’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused Western countries of turning the now-expired deal protecting Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea, which alleviated fears of food crisis, into political leverage.

“Instead of helping countries in real need, the West used the grain deal for political blackmail and… turned it into a tool to enrich transnational corporations and speculators in the global grain market,” Putin said at a government meeting.


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