Putin rules out one other strict Covid-19 lockdown in Russia, citing financial considerations, says ‘we do not have a sort Aunt to assist us’


After his authorities imposed a number of the world’s harshest measures to suppress the unfold of coronavirus final spring, Vladimir Putin made it clear on Thursday that there are not any plans in place for a repeat lockdown this winter.

Speaking remotely to an viewers at VTB Bank’s ‘Russia Calling’ occasion in Moscow, on the day the nation posted its highest one-day whole for brand new infections (17,717) because the pandemic started, the president mentioned the economic system should be protected. He identified, in jest, that Russia has no ‘form aunt’ to faucet for cash within the occasion of a monetary disaster.

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“We do not plan to introduce restrictive measures across the board, or launch a so-called ‘nation-wide lockdown,’ when the economy, the operation of business is actually halted completely,” the president mentioned. “Despite the challenging epidemiological situation, we are much better prepared now to work in the epidemic environment.”Putin has beforehand talked about considerations about psychological well being within the occasion of one other arduous lockdown. Meanwhile, many consultants in Moscow have identified that an financial collapse would doubtless be much more harmful than Covid-19, one thing most Russians skilled firsthand within the years after the Soviet Union imploded.In spring, the nation noticed a number of the world’s strictest measures, with Moscow residents being restricted from leaving their residences for something aside from meals, medical assist, or strolling pets. The restrictions have been partially lifted on June 16, with cafes and eating places allowed to open on terraces.Putin added that “the situation is indeed better [than in spring] and this pertains to the experience in mobilizing the healthcare system and taking the required preventive measures – we clearly understand how we should act.”

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Referring to bailouts mandated by the European Union when a few of its members discovered themselves in bother over the past monetary crash, he identified that Russia has to take care of itself. “Well, in [the] Europe[ean Union] there is a seemingly strict, but still a kind aunt, whom you can always turn to for help,” he mentioned, half-jokingly. “You know who I mean – Germany.””We have no one to go to with an outstretched hand, so we must adhere to the rules that have allowed us to maintain a healthy macroeconomic situation in the country over the previous years, and especially in order to ensure that the confidence of our partners, including private investors, in the fundamental foundations of the healthy development of the Russian economy [is maintained],” Putin famous.One purpose why Moscow could also be a bit of extra relaxed in comparison with the remainder of Europe is because of Russia’s progress with vaccines. The first of three recognized to have already been developed, ‘Sputnik V,’ is just two weeks away from finishing its closing trial stage. Putin informed the discussion board that he hopes mass vaccination of Russians towards coronavirus will start on the finish of the 12 months.As of Thursday, Russia has registered 1,581,693 instances of Covid-19, with 27,301 deaths attributed to the pandemic. Overall, the nation has the fourth highest variety of instances worldwide, after Brazil, India, and the US. However, when measured per capita, Russia’s caseload is near the European common.Think your mates would have an interest? Share this story!