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Blinken expects request for Ukraine funds to include resources for food security

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken testifies at Senate hearing on
U.S. Secretary of State Blinken testifies at Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday he expects a Biden administration request for supplemental funds to support Ukraine to include resources for food security.

During testimony to the Senate appropriations subcommittee that oversees the U.S. diplomatic and foreign assistance budget, Blinken said Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion and the ongoing conflict was having impacts on food security for Ukrainians and others, given the country’s role as a major source of wheat.

The United States would also focus on food security issues in May when it assumes the chairmanship of the U.N. Security Council, Blinken added.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Simon Lewis; Editing by Chris Reese)

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