Russian President Vladimir Putin joked Monday that he would have a serious talk with the West about his claims he was responsible for all the economic chaos wrought by the conflict in Ukraine and the West’s crippling sanctions.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has left thousands dead and 14 million displaced, while the West’s attempt to isolate Russia as punishment and Moscow’s blockade of grain shipments from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, the price of oil, natural gas, grains , cooking oil and fertilizers have increased. rising.
At a televised meeting in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, Putin told Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that the Russian economy is doing well, despite Western sanctions.
Lukashenko said the sanctions had given both countries the impetus to focus on self-development, and that the West’s elites had been misled about the causes of their economic woes.
“In terms of the economy, they (in the West) are really grateful for giving us such a boost for our own development,” Lukashenko told Putin, who smiled and nodded.
“What’s happening there is they’ve really underestimated it by reading their own media. They have inflation, but the truth is ‘Putin is to blame’, ‘Putin is to blame for everything,'” Lukashenko said.
Putin pursed his lips and nodded.
“We will talk to them seriously,” Putin said with a forced smile.
Lukashenko grinned and said “Yes”.
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