Amidst ongoing war with Ukraine, the United States Government has lamented that Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has weaponized food.
UD National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications, John Kirby disclosed this to Cable News Network, CNN.
“It absolutely, has weaponized food – Mr. Putin has weaponized food.” He said.
Kirby who acknowledged that Putin’s administration’s export blockade, “is going to have a global impact”, however, said the Biden administration and partner nations are working to overcome an export blockade that is causing global food shortage.
“We’re going to feel some of that probably here as well, which is why we’re working so hard on trying to find alternative routes to get some of that grain out,” he said.
Meanwhile, The United States could announce new military aid for Ukraine as early as this week, a defense official and administration official said.
The additional aid is likely to come from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which can be used for training, equipping, and advising Ukrainian forces. The U.S. has used more than $6 billion for USAI funds in fiscal year 2022.