Russia will start supplying gasoline, diesel, and grain to Afghanistan as part of a temporary agreement with the Taliban. All items will be purchased at a discount, said Acting Minister of Trade and Industry of Afghanistan, Haji Nuruddin Azizi, APA reports citing Reuters.
The official said the Taliban are working to diversify their trading partners. And Russia just offered imports at discounts compared to average world prices.
According to Azizi, the agreement provides for the export of 1 million tons of diesel fuel, the same amount of gasoline, 500,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and 2 million tons of wheat each year. The minister also clarified that the deal would be valid for an indefinite trial period. And if both parties are satisfied, they will conclude a permanent agreement.
Azizi did not say anything about prices for products. Road and rail will deliver energy resources and grain to Afghanistan from Russia. The agreement was reached after the Afghan technical team spent several weeks discussing all the details in Moscow.