Thousands of tons of Russian grain will be delivered to Syria next year, according to the head of the Crimean region Yuri Gotsanyuk. Exports from the Russia’s Black Sea peninsula to the war-ravaged country started two years ago.
The first batch of grain will be delivered in early January, Gotsanyuk told reporters on Tuesday. He added that Crimea expects more citrus fruit shipments from Syria. “We are in talks on more supplies,” he said, explaining that citrus from Syria arrived in early 2019.
Preparations for shipment of first batch of #Crimean grain to #Syria🇸🇾 have been started already. It’s expected that approximately 5 thousand tons of grain will be delivered from the Russian peninsula to the Syrian Republic🇸🇾 in about 2 months. pic.twitter.com/SqaN8RArx1
— Russia’s MFA in Crimea🇷🇺 (@PMSimferopol) November 19, 2019
On Monday, the first batch of olive oil from Syria was supplied to Crimea. It will be later sold in other Russian regions.
Syria, which is facing problems with grain supplies due to Western sanctions, has a desperate need for bread.
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