Russia pulled out of a crucial United Nations-brokered grain deal on the Black Sea, sparking outrage and anger against efforts to ease the global food crisis. GRANULAR
* Russia said it suspended participation in the Black Sea grain campaign in July, which allowed major exporter Ukraine to ship agricultural products, after Ukrainian attacks on ships in Crimea. * Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia was trying to create an artificial famine in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and called for a strong response from the United Nations and the Group of 20 major economies.
* Ukraine’s foreign minister accused Moscow of using “false pretenses” to stop its participation and called on “all countries to demand that Russia stop its hunger games and re-commit.” * US President Joe Biden called the move “simply outrageous” and said it would increase hunger.
* US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia was weaponizing food by exacerbating humanitarian crises. “Any move by Russia to disrupt this vital grain export is essentially a statement that people and families around the world should pay more for food or starve,” Blinken said in a statement. NORD STREAM, CRIMEA
* Russia’s defense ministry said British naval personnel blew up the Nord Stream gas pipeline last month, a claim London said was false and intended to distract from Russian military failures in Ukraine. * Moscow provided no evidence for its claim. The ministry said “British experts” from the same unit led Ukrainian drone strikes on Russian Black Sea Fleet ships in Crimea earlier Saturday that it said had largely repelled Russian forces, with minor damage to a Russian minesweeper.
DIPLOMATY * Suspected agents working for Russian President Vladimir Putin hacked the phone of former British Prime Minister Liz Truss and gained access to “top secret information” about negotiations with international allies, the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.
* Russia said that faster deployment of modernized US B61 tactical nuclear weapons at NATO bases in Europe would lower the “nuclear threshold” and that Russia would take this into account in its military strategy. (Compiled by William Mallard)
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