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UN seeks to ease Russian blockade on Ukrainian grain shipment to avert food shortages


United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is pursuing a high-stakes deal with Russia, Turkey and other countries to open up Ukrainian food exports to world markets and avert a possible global food shortage, according to diplomats familiar with the effort.

Russia has cordoned off Ukrainian Black Sea ports to weaken the country and conquer its coasts. Mr. Guterres asked Moscow to allow some shipments of Ukrainian grain in return for measures to facilitate Russian and Belarusian exports of potassium fertilizers.

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