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Coronavirus: Putin calls for sanctions on essential goods to be lifted at G20 summit

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Coronavirus: Putin calls for sanctions on essential goods to be lifted at G20 summit

Coronavirus: Putin calls for sanctions on essential goods to be lifted at G20 summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for fellow G20 countries to come together and lift sanctions on essential goods amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the G20 video-summit on Thursday (March 26) that participating countries need a common plan to support their economies amid the coronavirus outbreak and he proposed a moratorium on sanctions related to essential goods.

Putin also proposed creating a special fund under International Monetary Fund control to fight the spread of the virus.




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