Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said that the country’s grain harvest could reach 130 million tons this year and that the products will be exported only to friendly countries.
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Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Dmitry Patrushev highlighted numerous challenges, including broken supply chains and difficulties in financial calculations.
Patrushev said Russia must overcome these obstacles to provide food to the countries that need it most.
“Our agricultural products will be on foreign markets, but only in countries that are friendly to us and do not create obstacles and difficulties for us,” he said.
Vladimir Putin said last month that Russia expects a full wheat crop this year, including a record wheat harvest.
Reminding that some countries are facing the threat of famine, the Russian leader claimed that the blame for this situation lies entirely with “Western elites”.
As wheat prices have soared to record highs in the last two months, the grain crisis is being felt around the world.
Already hit by weather and the coronavirus pandemic, the global food market has taken another hit due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and Western sanctions against Moscow.