Russia’s Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev stated that Russia will start delivering its grain to African countries within a month or six weeks. He said “We are now finalising all the procedure, so I guess we will be sending the grain within a month or six weeks”.
In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin told African leaders that he would give them thousands of tons of grain as a gift despite Western sanctions, which he said made it harder for Moscow to export its grain and fertilisers.
“We will be ready to provide Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Mali, Somalia, Central African Republic and Eritrea with 25-50,000 tonnes of free grain each in the next three to four months,” Putin told a Russia-Africa summit at the time.
U.N. chief Antonio Guterres has called the promised grain “a handful of donations”.