Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

Burkina Faso has received 25,000 tonnes of wheat provided by Russia, out of 200,000 tonnes promised by Russian President Vladimir Putin to a number of African countries.

“Today we are receiving 25,000 tons of wheat as a donation from the Russian Federation, which reflects Russia’s genuine desire to support the efforts of the authorities in Burkina Faso, which is going through a difficult humanitarian phase following the crisis,” said Minister of Solidarity and Humanitarian Action Nandi Soumi Diallo, during the ceremony of receiving Russian grain shipments in Ouagadougou.

Russian Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire to Burkina Faso Alexei Saltykov noted that the donation is “a strong signal of the Russian president’s desire to give a dynamic impetus to cooperation with Burkina Faso, one of our strategic partners on the African continent.”

Putin announced at a Russian-African summit in St. Petersburg in 2023 that in the coming months he would provide free shipments of grain to six African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, and Somalia.

 

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