Entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin addressed an open letter to the Minister of Agriculture of Russia Dmitry Patrushev, thanking him for the decision to supply grain to Africa.
The founder of Wagner PMC, which also operates in Africa, called the decision "extremely timely."
“I consider this a very important event for African countries that are currently in a grain crisis. As a person who has been involved in Africa for a long time, I fully support your initiative. Our key partners on the African continent are the Central African Republic and Mali, where we are successfully fighting terrorism and defending their freedom and independence. In addition, we closely cooperate with the state of Eritrea, the Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Burkina Faso. These countries actively support our country in the international arena. The collective West is exerting unprecedented economic and political pressure on these governments friendly to the Russian Federation,” the letter says.
Prigozhin asked Patrushev to consider the possibility of supporting the above-mentioned states in the first place.
Earlier, bbabo.net reported that the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Dmitry Patrushev, said that Russia was ready to supply the poorest countries with up to 500,000 tons of grain free of charge in the next four months, as well as completely replace Ukrainian grain and supply all interested countries at affordable prices. The minister recalled that in 2022, 150 million tons of grain have already been harvested in Russia, and the ministry estimates the export potential for the current season at more than 50 million tons.