Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia can replace Ukrainian grain supplies to Africa, and announced that Russia will send grain free of charge to six African nations in the next few months.
“I have already said that our country is able to replace Ukrainian grain both commercially and in the form of gratuitous aid to the most needy African countries. Moreover, this year we again expect a record harvest,” Putin said during a plenary session at the Economic and Humanitarian Forum in St. Petersburg.
“To be specific, I will add that in the next 3-4 months we will be ready to provide Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Mali, Somalia, the Central African Republic, and Eritrea with 25,000-50,000 tons of grain [each] free of charge. We will also provide free delivery of these products to consumers,” Putin told African leaders, and received applause.
Putin also said Russia and African countries will deepen their cooperation in the spheres of agriculture, energy, science and education.