During a videoconference of the G20 leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that for humanitarian reasons, organizational measures should be abolished to facilitate the mutual supply of medicines, food, equipment and technology.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed a moratorium on economic sanctions as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the world. He said this to the leaders of the “Big Twenty” during the online summit on March 26. The transcript of Putin’s speech was unveiled by the Kremlin’s website.
“It is equally important for the period of crisis to create the so-called green corridors, free from trade wars and sanctions for the mutual supply of medicines, food, equipment and technology. Ideally, we should introduce a moratorium, a joint moratorium on restrictions on essential goods, as well as on financial transactions for their procurement. And first of all, I’m talking about countries that are suffering the most from this pandemic, “the Russian president said.
He stressed that this is a matter of life and death of people.
“This is a purely humanitarian issue. We need to cleanse these issues from all kinds of political husk,” Putin added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that Moscow was trying to use the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic to lift sanctions.
Russia annexed Crimea after an illegal referendum on March 16, 2014. The accession of the peninsula to the Russian Federation is not recognized by Ukraine and most countries of the world. At present, there is a checkpoint between mainland Ukraine and Crimea, and Kiev does not de facto control the peninsula.
Immediately after the annexation of Crimea, Russia began armed aggression in eastern Ukraine. Fighting is conducted between the Armed forces of Ukraine on the one hand and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants, who control part of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, on the other. Officially, the Russian Federation does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite the facts and evidence presented by Ukraine.
In connection with the aggression against Ukraine, the international community imposed economic sanctions against Russian companies and individuals, which were extended and tightened.
The COVID-19 outbreak began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. March 11, 2020 World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
As of today morning 597,620 people became infected with coronavirus in the world. 27 371 of them died, 131 722 were cured.