Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, denied suggestions that his country was to blame for the world food crisis while on a diplomatic offensive in Egypt.
In a Cairo address to Arab League ambassadors, he claimed that Western countries were misrepresenting the effects of sanctions on world food security.
He charged that the Western world was attempting to impose its supremacy on others.
Grain shortages brought on by Russia’s war in Ukraine are severely affecting a large portion of the Arab world and Africa.
After Russia struck targets in the port of Odesa on Saturday, a historic agreement to restore Ukraine’s grain shipments is in jeopardy.
After that, Mr. Lavrov would travel to three African countries to mobilize support amid opposition to the war.
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