Russia’s first grain shipment heads to Burkina Faso, Somalia
AUTHOR: Reuters | PUBLISHED: November 19, 2023
Grain is loaded aboard a cargo ship at the Azov Sea Port, Rostov region, Russia on July 22, 2023 | Credit | AFP
Russia’s Agriculture minister said on Friday that Moscow had begun free shipments of grain totaling up to 200,000 tonnes to six African countries, as promised by President Vladimir Putin in July.
In a statement posted on Telegram, Dmitry Patrushev said that ships headed for Burkina Faso and Somalia had already left Russian ports, and that additional shipments to Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR) would soon follow.
Putin had promised to deliver free grain to the six countries at a summit with African leaders in July, soon after Moscow withdrew from a deal that had allowed Ukraine to ship grain from its Black Sea ports despite the war with Russia.