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Russia sends wheat to Somalia and Burkina Faso

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Russia sends wheat to Somalia and Burkina Faso


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Three first shipments of grain for African countries have departed Russian ports, RIA Novosti reported. The wheat is heading to Somalia and Burkina Faso. According to Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev, each ship was loaded with 22,000 tons of grain.

The ships reach their destinations within the next two weeks. The head of the ministry promised that wheat would be  also shipped to CAR, Zimbabwe, Mali and Eritrea by the end of the year.

Earlier Vladimir Putin has promised to provide free Russian food to six African countries—Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Mali, Somalia, CAR, and Eritrea. Each country is set to receive approximately 50 tons of grain, with Russia covering all transportation expenses. 

The announcement was made during the plenary session of the Russia-Africa Forum in St. Petersburg. 

Moscow's dedication to this promise is clear, demonstrated by its export of over eleven million tons of grain to Africa in 2022 and an additional ten million tons in the first half of 2023.

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