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The Kremlin left in July the grain agreement negotiated under the aegis of Turkey and the UN in the summer of 2022 which aimed to allow Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea. (Archive photo)

Agence France-Presse

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Russia has started deliveries of free cereals promised by Vladimir Putin to several African countries, starting with Somalia and Burkina Faso, the Russian Minister of Agriculture said on Friday.

The first two ships, 25,000 tonnes each, bound for Somalia and Burkina Faso, have already departed from Russian ports. We are expecting their arrival at the end of November, beginning of December, said Dmitry Patrushev. Ships for the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Mali and Eritrea loaded with wheat will be sent to these countries soon, before the end of the year.

A quote from Dmitri Patrushev, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs. #x27;Agriculture

In total, he promised that Moscow would send up to 200,000 tons of Russian wheat to African countries for free by the New Year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin assured around mid-October that Russia retained a very high potential for grain exports despite Western sanctions taken to punish the attack on Ukraine in February 2022.

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This summer, he announced that Russia would deliver free cereals to six African countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Somalia) at a time when Moscow is seeking to anchor its influence in Africa , by positioning itself as a bulwark against the supposed neocolonialism of Westerners.

At the same time, Moscow claims that the export of its agricultural products and fertilizers to the international market is hampered by Western sanctions, undermining the food security of the most poor.

Russia is also working to prevent Ukraine – another major agricultural power – from taking over. export its cereal production.

The Kremlin thus left in July the cereal agreement negotiated under the aegis of Turkey and the #x27;UN in the summer of 2022 and which aimed to allow Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea.

The Russian army also regularly bombs Ukrainian ports, but Kiev has managed to set up a first maritime corridor that Russia has not managed to block.


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