Putin to talk about effect of anti-Russian sanctions at SPIEF session, Kremlin announces


MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - JUNE 2, 2022: Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting on railway construction development via video link from his Novo-Ogaryovo residence. Mikhail Metzel/POOL/TASS

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will talk about the impact anti-Russian sanctions have caused on energy price rise and the evolving global food crisis at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) to be held later this week, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with TASS.

“We are seeing how all these restrictions and sanctions imposed [against Russia] are fueling up prices in the energy, food and other sectors. We can see that the mistakes made by many countries are starting to manifest themselves in the evolving food crisis,” Peskov said.

Peskov said with confidence that the president would talk about the issues at the forum, and his speech “will be extremely important,” he emphasized.

“Economies were taken hostage by politics, and politicians in many countries made a colossal number of mistakes amid the coronavirus,” the Kremlin spokesman said, as he called the situation “an ideal systemic storm.”

“The mistakes have been aggravated by the economic war being waged [by unfriendly countries] on Russia. And Russia’s too large a country for the [economic] war not to boomerang to them,” Peskov concluded.

The 25th edition of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will be held on June 15-18, 2022. The plenary session with Putin is slated for June 17.

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