Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with government officials. The main item of the meeting, which was broadcast live on Russian State Television, was the food prices that saw almost the peak in the country. Pointing out that the people are going through difficult times economically due to the corona virus epidemic in the country, Putin said, “Under conditions of increasing unemployment and falling incomes, basic products become expensive. This issue is not a joke, action needs to be taken immediately. Citizens’ real income fell by 4.3 percent. Sugar prices increased by 71 percent. People limit themselves because they cannot afford to spend on basic food. What are the authorities doing? This situation is not a joke, action must be taken immediately ”.
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“YOU TELL ME TALES”
Following Putin’s words, the Minister of Economy and Development Maksim Reşetnikov said, “We are following the situation,” and the Russian leader was furious. Getting angry with the minister’s response, Putin said, “Sugar prices have been increasing for months, you say ‘we are following’. Under conditions of increasing unemployment and falling incomes, basic products become expensive. You are also telling me stories. Are you going to hold meetings on these issues again, what will you do? ” he reacted strongly to the Minister. At the end of his promises, Putin ordered that food prices be returned to normal within 1 week.