North Korea gets 2,500 tonnes of wheat from Russia

Russia has donated about $22 million over the past five years to support the WFP operations in North Korea.

Russia has donated about $22 million over the past five years to support the WFP operations in North Korea.

Reuters

Russia has shipped 2,500 tonnes of wheat to North Korea as part of the UN World Food Program on March 1, the Russian embassy to North Korea reported.

"The ceremony of transferring humanitarian aid from Russia, which consisted of 2,500 metric tonnes of wheat, took place at the Nampo city port on March 1. [] The wheat was purchased with Russia's contributions to the WFP amounting to about $4 million," reads the statement that was posted on the official Facebook page of the Russian embassy to North Korea.

 

The donation ceremony of the humanitarian aid from Russia (2500 metric tons of wheat) took place on March, 1 at the...

Posted by Посольство России в КНДР / Russian Embassy in the DPRK on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Russian Ambassador to North Korea, Alexander Matsegora, and UN WFP Country Director in North Korea, Darlene Tymo, attended the ceremony, it reads.

Russian wheat will become the main ingredient for the so-called 'milk-cereal mix', a special kind of flour, enriched with vital microelements and additives, the embassy said. The 'milk-cereal mix' will be produced at the Ryongsong Food Factory, and the first recipients of the Russian humanitarian aid will be small children from an orphanage and a kindergarten in Nampo, it said.

"The Korean side expressed sincere gratitude to the Russian government for its help, and said it expects such cooperation to continue in the future," the statement reads.

Russia has donated about $22 million over the past five years to support the WFP operations in North Korea, it reads.

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