Russia braced for food crisis ahead of Ukraine offensive

Russia braced for food crisis ahead of Ukraine offensive

Oreshkin pointed out, according to Russian news agencies, that President Vladimir Putin prepared the country for the consequences of a world food crisis from the end of 2021, that is, before the offensive against Ukraine that began in February 2022 and when the fear of a conflict was already driving up food prices.

Putin “understood that these issues [alimentarios] could affect Russia. Therefore, we started from the end of the year to actively prepare Russia for world famine,” he added.

At that time, Russia was already experiencing food price inflation and had introduced restrictions or taxes on exports of cereals, oils and fertilizers.

“That allows us [ahora] be sure of us,” Oreshkin said.

According to Moscow, it is not the start of the conflict in Ukraine, one of the world’s leading wheat exporters, that is causing the food crisis, but Western sanctions taken in retaliation.