West trying to blame Russia for its own mistakes in economic policy: Putin
The current situation in the global food market can be attributed to the "mistakes" made by Western countries in disrupting supply chains.
The situation in the energy sector is deteriorating, notably owing to pressure on Gazprom in some European countries, and Western partners are attempting to blame Russia for their economic policy failures, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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"The situation here in the energy sector is deteriorating as a result of non-market, rude measures, including administrative pressure on our company Gazprom in some European countries. We are seeing them, our partners, making another attempt to shift their own mistakes in the field of economics and energy to Russia and solve the issues and problems arising in this regard again at our expense," he said.
Putin blames global food insecurity on 'mistakes' of developed countries
The current situation in the global food market has worsened of late due to the "mistakes" made by Western countries in disrupting supply chains, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
"As you know, the state of play on the global food market has grown considerably worse in the last two years. Exactly in the last two years. It was two years ago that the mistakes made by developed countries in their economic, energy, and food policies led to a rapid spike in food prices around the world," Putin told a government meeting on agriculture.
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The situation has deteriorated further in recent weeks, as, despite the shortage of food reserves around the world, those countries still decided to impose sanctions on Russia and thus disrupt supply chains, Putin added.
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"The operations of companies and logistics of exports of fertilizers from Russia and Belarus are being blocked. And the West's production of fertilizers is decreasing due to high natural gas prices, which is a result of the activities of our partners in the West," he added.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian provocations. In response, the EU rolled out a comprehensive sanctions campaign against Moscow, which includes airspace closures and restrictive measures targeting numerous Russian officials and entities, media, and financial institutions.