Putin Makes Plea For Sanctions Relief At G20 Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed at a Group of 20 (G20) video conference that a freeze be placed on economic sanctions to allow countries to better combat the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 500,000 worldwide and killed nearly 23,000 people.

Putin told leaders of the 20 most industrialized nations on March 26 that restrictive measures imposed on countries should be lifted on humanitarian grounds to “facilitate mutual deliveries of drugs, food, equipment, and technology.”

Russia is under numerous rounds of sanctions imposed by the European Union, the United States, and other countries over its actions in Ukraine.

It has also denounced crippling economic sanctions against Iran that the United States has reimposed since Washington in 2018 withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Without naming a specific country, Putin said that a moratorium should be enacted on “restrictions placed on essential goods as well as financial transactions to purchase them.”

“It is a question of whether people will live or die, a purely humanitarian issue,” he said.

There have been increased calls for Washington to suspend sanctions against Iran, one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States has offered to help Iran in its fight against the virus, which has infected 29,406 people in the country and killed 2,234 of them, according to a tally on March 26 compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

However, Washington has shown no desire to ease its sanctions and its policy of “maximum pressure” on Tehran.

Iranian officials have dismissed Washington’s humanitarian offer as dishonest and called instead for the lifting of the sanctions.

“Does the U.S. want a ‘forever pandemic?’ Moral imperative to stop observing the bully’s sanctions,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on March 26.

Russia has reported 840 confirmed coronavirus cases and three deaths attributed to it, according to Johns Hopkins University.

With additional reporting by AFP and TASS

(c) RFERL

6 comments

  • Prince William of Orange

    I plea to have Putin killed.

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    • If he stop the war in Donbas and return Crimea, pay compensation for all loses in Ukraine, then they can talk about lifting sanctions!

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      • This is what he said at this meeting. “Speaking from Moscow, Vladimir Putin declared that a vaccine would be found more quickly if G20 countries work together.”

        Meaning, Russia have not got the technology to make this vaccine, but will gladly share your hard work, for free of course.

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        • The G19-countries already work together, they should expel Russia from this forum. That will be solidarity with all countries that still are occupied or in war with Russia. I don’t care how many Russians that will die, they can blame their leaders, but as usual they will blame the western countries.

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      • Prince William of Orange

        Well, not yet. Also Georgia must get its territories back, and get reparations. And all that were involved in the (hybrid) war and every member of Putin’s party must be eliminated.

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  • “It is a question of whether people will live or die, a purely humanitarian issue,” he said.

    Yes! I suppose that was your top thought when you sent Russian planes to bomb Syrian hospitals, and spread poisonous gas throughtout Syria. Please explain why sanctions should be lifted on countries that are blatanly blaming the US for this virus? That includes Russia, Iran and the origin of the bat virus, China

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