Free deliveries of Russian grain to Africa should begin soon, Russia's Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev said on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, APA reports citing TASS.
"They should literally start very soon," he said.
The minister added that Russia's demands within the grain deal still have yet to be addressed. Restarting the deal could be discussed once they are met.
On August 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that agreements for free grain deliveries from Russia to six African countries were nearing completion. Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Mali, Somalia, the Central African Republic, and Eritrea were mentioned among the six countries.