Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded early next week to limit the rise in food prices. The head of state sharply criticized the Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov for "experiments" with the cost of basic food products. The President also stressed that the difficulties with prices are not related to the coronavirus pandemic, but are caused by problems in the labor market and in the country's economy.
“Decide within a week! All approvals should be finalized during tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, and at the beginning of next week the corresponding management decisions should be issued in the form of documents ", - said Putin at a meeting on economic issues on December 9, the recording of which was shown on the air of the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin ".
The head of state also criticized the government for the allowed rise in prices for basic products. "For grain [in the world prices have risen by] 19.9%, right? And we have [prices increased by] pasta - 10.5%, bakery - 6%. If not stopped, it will grow further! And you tell me tales that you worked with exporters and manufacturers. Your work has nothing to do with it! " - he stressed.
Putin added that the pandemic was not the reason for the rise in food prices. “It has nothing to do with it at all! The labor market is straining, the number of unemployed is increasing, incomes are falling, and the prices of such goods are growing without any connection with the pandemic and production "- he explained.
As an example, the president cited the rise in prices for flour by almost 13%. “I don’t know who is taking out? And you know! You just need to react in a timely manner. <…> People limit themselves because they have no money for basic food. Where, where are you looking? This is the question! This is no joke,”, he said
«You told me: "I hope it will stabilize next week." In this case, this wording does not suit me! Not “I hope,” but tell me that from next week it will be stabilized. And you and [Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Maxim] Reshetnikov»- he concluded.
On December 10, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin demanded that officials respond quickly to rising food prices. Earlier, he criticized the activities of the ministries, which, according to him, underestimated the risks of rising food prices. He turned to the government after Putin announced a price increase.
On December 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev, pointed out that many Russians lack money to buy food. The President recalled that there was a deficit in the USSR, but now the problem with access to food remains, but due to high food prices.