. African Union Head Has Plea for Putin: Release Ukraine’s Grain. « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NY TIMES – With many of the world’s poorest countries facing alarming levels of hunger and starvation, the leader of the African Union is set to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin on Friday and urge him to lift Russia’s blockade on urgently needed cereals and fertilizer from Ukraine. President Macky Sall of Senegal, the African Union’s chairman, will deliver his plea to the Russian leader when the two men meet at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, an aide said. Warnings by the United Nations that Russia’s naval blockade in Ukraine could lead to famines around the world.

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