Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, on a diplomatic offensive in Egypt, has dismissed claims that Moscow caused the global food crisis.

In a speech to Arab League ambassadors in Cairo, he said Western nations were distorting the truth about the impact of sanctions on global food security.

He accused Western nations of trying to impose their dominance over others.

Much of the Arab world and Africa is badly affected by grain shortages caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

A landmark deal struck only this week to resume Ukraine’s grain exports hangs in the balance after Russia attacked targets in the port of Odesa on Saturday.

Mr Lavrov will go on to visit three African nations to rally support amid anger over the war.

Mr Lavrov said that Western nations’ “aggressiveness” in imposing sanctions on Russia indicated one simple conclusion: “It is not about Ukraine, it is about the future of the world order.

“They say everybody must support a rules-based world order, and the rules are written depending on what specific situation the West wants to resolve in its own favour.”

Earlier, Mr Lavrov held talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry.

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