Seized Russian fertilizers sent to Kenya from Latvia

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Thousands of tonnes of confiscated Russian fertilizers have been sent from Latvia to Kenya, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said April 22.

"On 21 April 2023, the World Food Programme sent a shipment of mineral fertilisers from Riga Port, heading for Kenya. This is the first cargo from about 200,000 tonnes of fertilisers of Russian origin owned by companies subject to the European Union’s restrictive measures and stored in the territory of Latvia," the MFA said.

The World Food Programme is planning to deliver more shipments of the currently sanctioned mineral fertilisers from Latvia in order to give support to countries that need those products most.

As previously reported, on December 6 last year, the Latvian government  passed a decision to respond to a request from the United Nations to reduce the negative consequences of Russia’s war against Ukraine and help address the food crisis in Africa and Latin America caused by the Russian invasion. The Latvian Government decided to facilitate the donation, with support from the UN World Food Programme, of mineral fertilizers owned by companies sanctioned by the European Union.

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