Russia's Putin talks wheat, fertiliser and logistics in Kazakhstan

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation

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# 09 November 2023 14:42 (UTC +04:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the development of wheat and fertiliser cargo transport routes in Asia during a visit to Kazakhstan on Thursday, as Russia seeks to forge new export routes due to Western sanctions, APA reports citing Reuters.

Chairing a conference on agricultural cooperation with Kazakh President Tokayev, Putin said Russia would have about 60 million metric tons of wheat available for exports from this year's strong crop.

"We are confident, certainly, that we will retain the No.1 spot globally in terms of exports of this important commodity, wheat," Putin said.

He called for further development of shipping routes to large Asian markets such as China and India.

Western sanctions on Russian banks and companies have made it more difficult for Russian exporters to ship grains and arrange payments, although the sanctions do not specifically target such commodities.