Tatarstan President Minnikhanov on Western sanctions —

Photo: Maksim Platonov (file)

Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, commented on the sanctions imposed by Western countries in response to Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. He is unhappy that the disconnection of some Russian banks from SWIFT and the closure of the airspace of a number of states are affecting ordinary citizens.

“How can you disconnect ordinary people from the bank card system? You better disconnect me, disconnect the feds. How does it relate to ordinary people? Or close the airspace. Close the airspace for those who are undesirable. It was all about that. And of course everything that happened is unfair,” Minnikhanov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the special military operation on February 24. He explained that the decision “was taken because ‘the situation demands decisive action from Russia.’

Commenting on the special operation, on February 24, Rustam Minnikhanov expressed confidence that “together we will face the new challenges facing our country”:

“Under these conditions, it is necessary to ensure the consolidation of our entire society, to show our unity, to support the decisions taken by the country’s leaders, to ensure the coordinated work of all life support systems, enterprises of the republic,” said the President of Tatarstan.

Photo: Maksim Platonov

Tatarstan has already sent two trucks of humanitarian aid to refugees from the LPR and DPR to the distribution center in Rostov Oblast. The second left from the Kazan warehouse on March 2. Forcibly displaced people from Tatarstan will receive long-life products, cereals, hygiene products, household appliances, toilet paper, school supplies and clothes.

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Tatyana Dyomina


Rose D. Jones