ASTANA, October 13. /TASS/. Barriers to the global supply chains must be removed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, speaking at the 6th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Astana.
"We call for the elimination of all artificial, illegitimate barriers that prevent the restoration of normal functioning of global supply chains in order to solve urgent food security problems," Putin said.
He noted that Moscow is "doing its best to provide critical goods to the countries that need them."
Putin pointed to the existence of a real hunger threat against the background of volatile energy and food prices. "Our Conference and other regional associations have to deal with many acute problems. I mean the increased volatility of global prices on energy, food, fertilizers, raw materials and other important commodities."
According to him, "it leads to the deterioration of the quality of life in developed and developing countries." "Moreover, there is a real threat of starvation and large-scale social unrest, especially in the poorest countries," Putin added.