Russia dismisses concerns that its invasion of Ukraine has created a global food crisis.
Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, holds talks in Turkey as pressure mounts on Russia to end its blockade of Ukrainian ports.
Italy’s Foreign Minister says “blocking grain exports means holding hostage and condemning to death millions of children, women and men”
Mr Lavrov says the onus is on Ukraine to de-mine waters around its ports to let ships set sail safely.
However, Ukraine fears this could make it more vulnerable to attacks from the sea – and says any moves to unfreeze its ports must not hinder its security.