HAVANA – Russia donated nearly 20,000 tonnes of wheat to political ally Cuba on Thursday, a welcome gift for the Caribbean island nation, which is feeling the effects of soaring global grain prices as a result of the Ukraine conflict.

At a ceremony, Russian Ambassador to Cuba Andrei Guskov stated that his country’s government agreed to send the grains to Cuba last year.

However, the ship transporting the wheat, according to Guskov, was stranded off the island for a month due to Western sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. Banking-related restrictions, he claimed, had complicated Russia’s payments to the shipper, making it impossible for the ship to unload and “convert the wheat to bread for Cubans.”

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