Putin uses BRICS summit to call for lifting of sanctions on poorer countries devastated by coronavirus pandemic

President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed that countries scrap sanctions against struggling states as the global economic downturn caused by Covid-19 continues to worsen.

Speaking at the BRICS summit by videoconference on Tuesday, Vladimir Putin said that Russia is calling on the global community to “remove all restrictions and sanctions on trade, at least in the context of the pandemic, for those countries… that are in dire need of supplies of food, medicine and medical equipment in the fight against this infection.”

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