Russia’s president says a global food crisis will ‘inevitably’ be followed by a wave of migration
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Europe of a new influx of migrants which he says will “inevitably» monitor the food crisis.
Referring Thursday to the unprecedented sanctions imposed on Moscow by the West in response to the Russian attack on Ukraine, Putin criticized the behavior of some Western politicians, who would be ready to sacrifice the interests of their citizens for “enjoy the good graces of their overseas master and overlordcalling such an approach “the opposite of populism.”
“People are being urged to eat less, put on more clothes and use less heat, forego travel – presumably for the benefit of people who demand this type of voluntary deprivation as a sign of some abstract North Atlantic solidarity.“, Putin said at a meeting on air transport and aircraft construction on Thursday.
He pointed out that Moscow had seensuch dubious approaches and actionsin economic, energy and food policies for more than a year.
Moreover, the food crisis will inevitably be followed by another, another wave of migration, mainly to European countries..
A few days ago, the risks of a “unprecedentedThe global food crisis was discussed at the G7 summit in Brussels. Given that Russia and Ukraine are the main suppliers of cultures to the world, G7 leaders have blamed Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine as the source of a looming crisis and are currently discussing a set of measures to prevent food shortages.
Nevertheless, in Putin’s view, the West continues to make decisions that “push the world economy towards crisis,leading to the disruption of production and supply chains, increased global inflation and worsening inequality, lower living standards for millions of people and mass starvation in the poorest countries.
Putin accused the United States of trying to solve its own problems at the expense of other countries and of blaming Russia for its own economic mistakes. Moreover, in the President’s view, the United States will try to take advantage of the current global instability, for example by attempting to “to push Europe towards expensive American liquefied natural gas.”
Putin added that all the sanctions that are imposed on Moscow now “have been prepared in advance” and “would have been taxed anyway. They are ready, according to the president, “hamper the development of Russia,“to undermine its sovereignty and weaken its”industrial, financial and technological potential.
Considering that the West has imposed restrictions on Russia for many years, there is no reason to think that this approach will change anytime soon, Putin stressed.
The West has strongly condemned Russia’s military attack on Ukraine, calling it “illicit” and “unjustified”, and slapped Moscow with severe sanctions, covering many sectors of the Russian economy. The restrictions include Washington’s ban on energy imports, an international ban on using the SWIFT interbank messaging system, and personal sanctions against Putin. Hundreds of companies have suspended or completely shut down their operations in Russia.
In response, Moscow included most Western countries in its list of “hostile states.“All of these countries are now subject to various specific retaliatory measures, restrictions and demands from Russia. For example, Moscow now wants everythinghostile” declares to pay for gas supplies in rubles. Another retaliatory move has seen the Finance Ministry request that Russian companies wishing to do business with companies from countries on the list first receive government clearance.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Luhansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to regularize the status of these regions within the Ukrainian state.
Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.