Russia is ready to provide free to the poorest countries up to 500,000 tons of grain in the next 4 months – Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev.
Published on 2.11.2022
Moscow promises to draw up support measures for Africa after its withdrawal from the grain agreement
Sputnik reports that Russia will continue to support African countries after withdrawing from the grain agreement. Concrete measures still need to be worked out, the Kremlin spokesman said.
Following the suspension of its participation in the agreement on wheat, Russia can “guarantee its willingness” to compensate, at its own expense, the cereals intended for the poorest countries of Africa, affirmed, this Monday 31 October, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
But this issue is “complex” and concrete measures have yet to be worked out, he added.
“Our Minister of Agriculture, Dmitry Patrushev, said that [la Russie, ndlr] was prepared to compensate cereals for the poorest countries. I take this opportunity to remind you that only a small part of the cereals delivered under this agreement has been sent to the poorest countries, the rest being destined for non-poor states located in Europe”, underlined Mr. Peskov.
He also said that the question on the conditions allowing Russia to return to the grain agreement ” is not easy “.
“I can only say that contacts will continue,” assured Dmitri Peskov.
Suspension of Russian participation
On Oct. 29, Russia said it had suspended its participation in the grain deal, following a drone attack targeting several Russian ships in Sevastopol Bay, Crimea, earlier the same day.
Moscow claimed that the buildings provided security for the grain corridor.
Up to 500,000 tonnes of grain
Later that day, Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev announced that Moscow was willing to send free up to 500,000 tonnes of grain to the poorest countries over the next four months and to completely replace Ukrainian wheat on the world market at affordable prices.
The wheat agreement was concluded last July and has since enabled the export of more than 9 million tonnes of grain blocked in Ukrainian ports.