MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. Russia will donate 200,000 tons of wheat to six African countries by the end of 2023, head of the second department of the CIS countries at the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexey Polishchuk said in an interview with TASS.
"We carefully and responsibly approach both the fulfillment of obligations under commercial contracts for the export of agricultural products and fertilizers, and humanitarian actions. By the end of the year, we plan to donate another 200,000 tons of wheat to six African countries: Somalia, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Mali and Eritrea," he said.
"Together with the UN World Food Program, we have already sent 20,000 tons of fertilizers to Malawi, 34,000 tons to Kenya. The approval of three more supplies is at the final stage: 23,000 tons to Zimbabwe, 34,000 tons to Nigeria and 55,000 tons to Sri Lanka," he added.
Speaking at a plenary meeting of the Russia-Africa economic and humanitarian forum in St. Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was ready to supply grain free of charge to these countries.