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    Latvia claims that seized Russian fertilizers were transferred to Kenya under the World Food Program.

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    The Latvian Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday that 200,000 tons of Russian fertilizer, which had been stranded in the country’s ports, had been shipped to Kenya through the World Food Program (WFP).

    “On April 21, 2023, the World Food Program took a cargo of mineral fertilizers from the port of Riga to Kenya,” the ministry stated.

    The World Food Programme has yet to comment on the development.

    Despite the fact that there are no sanctions against fertilizers, some states have banned Russian ships shipping them.

    Over 400,000 tons of fertilizer are blocked in Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands, according to Russian authorities.

    To settle conflicts, Moscow proposed utilizing fertilizers for humanitarian purposes, sending them free of charge to nations classed as the poorest by the UN.

    Russia requested that the relevant UN bodies act as mediators, but the UN has only been able to arrange one cargo of 20,000 tons from the Netherlands to Malawi.

    On Friday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin announced that an agreement had been reached on two further shipments to Kenya and Nigeria.

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