Seized Russian fertilizers sent to Nigeria by Latvia

On 27 December 2023, 34,000 tonnes of mineral fertilizer was shipped from the Latvian port of Ventspils to Nigeria, as a donation to the UN World Food Programme initiative, said the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It was the third shipment of about 200,000 tonnes in total of mineral fertilizers originating in Russia, owned by companies subject to European Union sanctions and stored in the territory of Latvia. Two previous shipments were delivered to Kenya and Zimbabwe earlier this year.

The UN World Food Programme plans to organise the next shipment of remaining sanctioned mineral fertilizer from Latvia soon in order to provide support to countries that are the most in need of those products.

A year ago, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers decided to respond to the United Nations’ request to help address the food crisis in African and Latin American countries caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Cabinet of Ministers passed a decision to support the donation through the UN World Food Programme of mineral fertilisers owned by companies subject to EU sanctions.

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