Putin: the easiest way to export Ukrainian grain is through Belarus, but sanctions need to be lifted from Minsk for this
According to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, the easiest way to export grain from Ukraine is through Belarus. However, sanctions against Minsk should be lifted for this, BelTA reports.
The Russian leader noted that there are several ways to export Ukrainian grain: by sea, through Poland, Hungary, and so on. “The easiest one is through Belarus. It is the simplest and the cheapest way, since [grain] can be transported from there directly to the ports of the Baltic States, to the Baltic Sea and further to any point of the planet. However, for this you have to lift sanctions from Belarus," he explained in an interview which was partially broadcast on the Rossiya-24 TV channel.
“In any case, the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, puts the question exactly this way. If someone wants to solve the problem, if it actually exists, of exporting Ukrainian grain – please, the easiest way is through Belarus. No one is stopping it,” Vladimir Putin said.
According to the Russian leader, the US Dollar printing press was working at an unprecedented pace during the coronavirus pandemic. “In less than two years, from February 2020 to the end of 2021, the money stock in the United States increased by 5.9 trillion due to an unprecedented work of the printing press, while its total volume rose by 38.6 percent. Apparently, the US financial authorities relied on the fact that the Dollar is a world currency, and, as before, it will be distributed throughout the world economy – and this will become unnoticeable for the United States. However, this was actually not the case," he noted.
“That was the first and serious step towards the deterioration of the situation in the food market, since cost of products primarily increased. The short–sighted policy of European countries, and above all the European Commission, in the energy sector became the second one [step]. I personally believe that many political forces both in the United States and in Europe have begun to speculate on a natural anxiety of the world population for the state of the climate, for climate change, and turned to promotion of this ‘green agenda’, including in the energy sector," Vladimir Putin concluded.