Russia is responsible for skyrocketing prices, Trudeau says amid $250 million pledge in food aid – National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blames Russia for skyrocketing energy and food prices that have left millions of people in Africa and other parts of the world struggling to feed themselves.

Trudeau made the charge when he announced $250 million in new funding for the World Food Program on the sidelines of a major international meeting in Rwanda on Thursday.

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The prime minister hopes to oppose Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the Commonwealth summit, which brought together leaders from 54 countries with historic ties to the British Crown.

While 10 of those countries abstained from a UN vote condemning Russia’s attack in March, several of the poorer members are now feeling hunger as the war disrupted grain exports to Africa.

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Ukraine, expected food crisis dominates Trudeau’s trio of international summits

Trudeau says the new Canadian funding comes on top of the roughly $500 million Canada has already donated since January to address food insecurity in developing countries.

Rwanda is the first stop in a three-country tour for the prime minister, which will also include the G7 in Germany and a NATO summit in Spain, both of which will include a strong focus on Russia and Ukraine.

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