Putin warns global market rivalry rising amid coronavirus pandemic

'The struggle for international markets for deliveries of fuel and raw material goods, food, and other products has intensified'

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that international rivalry on global markets was rising because of a fall in demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Against the backdrop of falling global demand, the struggle for international markets for deliveries of fuel and raw material goods, food, and other products has intensified,” Putin said at a government meeting broadcast on state television.