Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, suggested the UK and other European countries should go to Russia for vegetables amid a food security and cost of living crisis. There was a note of schadenfreude in Putin’s voice as he gleefully touted the resilience of the Russian food sector. ‘Foreign analysts predicted us a depression and a decline in the consumer sector, they promised empty store shelves, a massive shortage of goods, and the failure of the service sector,’ he said.
Addressing the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Putin said western countries were facing the challenges many thought Russia would, and suggested European countries turn to Russia to tackle those challenges. He said: ‘Turnip is a good product, but they would also probably have to go for turnips to Russia, because our level of the harvest, after all, significantly exceeds those figures of our neighbours in Europe.’