After the United States blamed Putin for the continued gas price inflation in the country, the Russian president blamed the West for the emerging global food and energy crises and repeated his government’s offers of safe passage for vessels exporting grain from Ukraine if the mines are removed from the waters.
Russia’s war on Ukraine has hurt American families with soaring gas prices and it will rise further, US President Joe Biden has said after announcing a ban on imports of Russian oil and gas. Biden, however, has vowed to do everything he can to minimize “Putin’s price hike here at home.”
By executive order, Biden had banned the import of Russian crude oil and certain petroleum products, liquefied natural gas and coal. This step aims to deprive Russia of billions of dollars in revenue from American drivers and consumers every year. Last year, the United States imported almost 700,000 barrels of crude oil and refined petroleum products from Russia daily. The executive order also banned new U.S. investment in Russia’s energy sector, to ensure U.S. companies and investors do not buy into Vladimir Putin’s efforts to expand energy production in Russia, the House said. White.
“Of course, we are now seeing attempts to shift the blame for what is happening in the global food market, the emerging problems in this market, onto Russia,” he told Russian television. I have to say this is an attempt, as our people say, to move these issues from a sick head to a healthy one.
As the state-run Tass news agency reported, Putin also said Western sanctions against Russia would only worsen world markets by reducing the harvest and driving up prices.
He said the inflation stemmed from the unprecedented dollar printing press during the coronavirus pandemic and blamed short-sighted European policies for underinvestment in alternatives to traditional energy supplies and price increases. The Kremlin chief said Russia was not blocking grain shipments from Ukraine and the West was using Russia as a scapegoat for its troubles.
Putin promised that if the waters were cleared, Russia would not attack grain shipments and suggested they could come from the Ukrainian port of Berdyansk or other countries, such as Belarus. Berdiansk is under Russian occupation.