Second UN-backed shipment of Russian fertilizers from EU arrives in Africa Ship’s crew

VILNIUS, May 29 (Reuters) – A second shipment of fertilizers of Russian origin, sponsored by the United Nations World Food Program, has arrived in Africa from the European Union and contains 34,000 tons of fertilizer, Russia’s Uralchem ​​said on Monday .

The delivery was made under the name of Uralchem-Uralkali Group and arrived in Kenya. The company also said in its statement that a first shipment of 20,000 tons of fertilizers of Russian origin from the European Union arrived in Africa, in Malawi, in March.

Uralchem ​​did not specify which EU ports the two shipments were shipped from.

However, last month Latvia announced that it had allowed fertilizers of Russian origin to be shipped to Kenya.

The shipment was the first batch released by Latvia out of a total of some 200,000 tons of Russian-origin fertilizers that have been stored in the port of Riga since March last year, when they were seized due to European Union sanctions against Russia.

Russia described the seizure as a key obstacle to its continued participation in a Black Sea grain deal that allows Ukraine to export grain.

According to market sources and data from Reuters, most of the fertilizer seized in Latvia belongs to Russian fertilizer producers Uralchem ​​​​and Uralkali URKAI.MM.

The companies were formerly controlled by Russian oligarch Dmitry Mazepin, who relinquished control last year after the European Union sanctioned him as “a member of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle” in March 2022.

Uralchem ​​said in its statement on Monday that it had covered the shipping costs for both shipments and had committed to donating a total of about 300,000 tons of fertilizer to developing countries.

(Reporting by Andrius Sytas; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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