Free Russian grain transferred to African country

(MENAFN) In a noteworthy demonstration of commitment to supporting African nations, a bulk carrier loaded with 25,000 tons of free grain arrived in the port of Massawa, Eritrea. Russia's ambassador to Eritrea, Igor Mozgo, personally received the shipment, emphasizing the significance of this supply not only for Eritrea but for the entire continent. The ambassador asserted that Russia's actions, in contrast to some Western counterparts, reflect a commitment to keeping promises and ensuring food security in the region.

Mozgo highlighted Russian President Vladimir Putin's commitment to providing free grain to Eritrea as a crucial step in addressing the country's food security needs. The gesture is part of Moscow's broader initiative to assist African nations facing hunger crises, a commitment announced by President Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg in July.

The ambassador pointed out the contrast between Russia's proactive approach and what he described as the diminishing attractiveness and influence of "Western democracies" in African nations. He noted that while some Western nations may no longer engage in certain diplomatic gestures in Africa, Russia's actions speak louder, garnering appreciation for pursuing an independent policy.

Accompanying Ambassador Mozgo at the arrival of the grain shipment were representatives from Eritrea's Red Sea Trading Corporation and the general manager of the Massawa port. This recent shipment follows similar initiatives, including the delivery of 25,000 tons of humanitarian wheat to Somalia last November and another 25,000 tons of free grain for Burkina Faso arriving at a transit port in West Africa last month.

Russia's ongoing efforts to provide food assistance align with a broader commitment to strengthen ties with African nations. The proactive measures underscore Moscow's role in contributing to food security and fostering diplomatic relations with African countries. As these grain shipments arrive in various parts of the continent, the tangible impact on addressing hunger crises and fostering cooperation is becoming increasingly evident.



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