MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured the president of the Central African Republic (CAR) Faustin-Archange Touadera that Moscow is ready to supply food and fertilizers to Africa.
"During the exchange of views on the food security issue [Russian President] Vladimir Putin confirmed the Russian side’s readiness to contribute to providing agricultural products and fertilizers to the countries of the African continent," the press service of the Kremlin said in a statement on Friday following a telephone conversation between the heads of state.
The sides also "expressed their mutual desire to step up bilateral cooperation in political, trade and economic areas, including the fuel-energy sector," during the telephone conversation between the two leaders on Friday, the press service added.
According to experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the agricultural sectors of the Central African Republic and Cameroon are currently in the most difficult situation in the region of Central Africa. The cost of imported cereals is rapidly rising in both countries. About 30.6 mln people are currently on the brink of starvation in the Central African Republic, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a result of a lack of food, particularly cereals.