The Kremlin said Thursday that Russia had prepared from the end of 2021 for the food crisis that hit the world with the outbreak of the Ukrainian conflict in February 2022.
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Kremlin adviser Maxim Oreshkin noted at a youth forum in Moscow that "the main cause of world hunger that will take place this year is the ill-considered economic measures of the United States, EU”, references to the sanctions which hit Russia, undermining its export capacities of fertilizers and wheat.
“Vladimir Vladimirovitch (Putin) understood that these (food) issues could affect Russia. Thus, we began at the end of last year to actively prepare Russia for world hunger,” he said.
At the time, Russia was already facing food price inflation and had introduced export restrictions or taxes on grain, oils and fertilizers.
"It allows us to be sure of ourselves" today, said Mr. Orechkine.
According to Moscow, it is in no way the entry of its army into Ukraine, one of the world's main wheat exporters, which is causing a food crisis, but the Western sanctions decided in retaliation.