Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said people were trying to blame Russia for problems in the global food market and denied Moscow had imposed a ban on grain exports from Ukrainian ports.
“The situation will worsen, because the British and Americans have imposed sanctions on our fertilizers,” Putin told national television in an interview.
African countries are acutely affected by the growing crisis, which has sent prices of grains, cooking oils, fuel, and fertilizer soaring.
Russia and Ukraine account for nearly a third of global wheat supplies, while Russia is also a key global fertilizer exporter.
Moscow has blamed the situation on all the naval mines floating near Ukrainian ports and on Western sanctions.