Venezuela to receive first shipment of wheat from Russia
The first shipment of wheat from Russia will arrive in Venezuela this week, President Nicolas Maduro assured Tuesday.
The Venezuelan ambassador to Russia Carlos Faria posted earlier on Twitter that the shipment was “a boost for Russian-Venezuelan cooperation. A blow to the economic war.”
Departing on Aug. 9, the first of a monthly shipment holding 60,000 tons of wheat will make its way to the Bolivarian nation, honoring an agreement made between the Russian and Venezuelan government in May.
It is the first time that Russia is exporting wheat to Venezuela, which in the past has purchased the staple from either the United States or Canada.
“This week the first cargo of Russian wheat — the best in the world — will arrive,” Maduro told the press at a conference in Caracas broadcast by the state television channel, VTV.
Faria added that the second shipment will depart soon, reiterating that the continued support from Russia amid United States sanctions and threats shows support for the Bolivarian people’s rights and respect for its Constitution. ■