In 2001, grain yields in Russia will amount to 83 million tons, Alexei Gordeyev, Russian vice-premier and minister of agriculture, stated Friday answering the question of a RIA Novosti correspondent. According to him, Russia is prepared to export over 5 million tons of grain. Russian grain is expected to be purchased by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and Iraq, and some grain will be delivered to Europe, Gordeyev noted.
At the request of Ukraine, Turkey detained a Russian-flagged cargo ship as it was carrying grain from the port of Berdyansk. The problem will exacerbate when Recep Erdogan leaves politics.