Putin expects a record harvest during the war against Ukraine
Putin explained the importance of exporting Russian grain to foreign markets by the “sanctions obsession” of European countries, which “will inevitably lead” to a difficult food situation.
This year, the grain harvest in Russia may reach 130 million tons, including 87 million tons of wheat. Such a forecast was voiced by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on economic issues, informs Kremlin press service on Thursday, May 12.
“A good harvest is expected this year. According to experts – of course, these are preliminary estimates, but still – grain harvest can reach 130 million tons, including 87 million tons of wheat. If this happens, we will rely on this, then this will be a record in the entire history of Russia,” Putin said.
He believes that such a harvest “will allow not only to meet domestic needs with a margin, but also to increase supplies to the global market for our partners, which is very important for world food markets.”
Vladimir Putin explained the importance of exporting Russian grain to foreign markets by the “sanctions obsession” of European countries, which “will inevitably lead” to a difficult food situation.
The Russian president said that due to EU policies, the world’s poorest states “already face the risk of famine.”
It should be noted that in 2021, the grain harvest in the Russian Federation in net weight amounted to 120.7 million tons, including 75.9 million tons of wheat, Rosstat reports.
Putin did not specify how it will be possible to collect a record harvest, but we recall that the Russian occupiers have already exported from Ukraine about 500 thousand tons of grain for 100 million dollars. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine warned the countries that Russia could trade in stolen goods.
In addition, as a result of a full-scale invasion, Russia blocked about 90 million tons of Ukrainian grain in ports. This figure was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.