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Russia will donate 500,000 tons of grain to needy countries

Mikhail Mishustin during a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO member states via videoconference in the Government House of the Russian Federation.  Photo: Dmitry Astakhov/POOL/TASS

Mikhail Mishustin during a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO member states via videoconference in the Government House of the Russian Federation. Photo: Dmitry Astakhov/POOL/TASS

Russia is ready to provide free of charge to the most needy countries up to 500,000 tons of grain. The Prime Minister announced Mikhail Mishustin, speaking at the meeting Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which took place on Tuesday via video link.

Mishustin also assured that Russia is ready to supply grain at reasonable prices to all interested countries, and also commented on Russia’s withdrawal from the deal to export grain from Ukrainian ports.

– At the end of last week, the Ukrainian side launched a terrorist attack against Russian ships and civilian ships in the waters of the Sevastopol Bay. Now it is impossible to guarantee the safety of the created humanitarian corridor. And we were forced to suspend participation in the grain deal, the prime minister said.

At the same time, according to Mishustin, Russia will continue a dialogue with the UN and Turkey on the prospects for a grain deal.

Mishustin called ensuring global food security one of the priorities of work within the framework of the SCO (the organization includes Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan). The SCO countries account for more than a tenth of the world turnover of agricultural products. For 8 months of this year, the volume of foreign trade in Russian food with the SCO member states increased by 25 percent, reaching $8.5 billion. The total volume of Russia’s trade with the SCO states increased by more than a third and exceeded $156 billion. In order not to depend on third countries and develop trade relations, Mishustin proposed creating its own system of bank payments in the SCO.

Separately, Mishustin dwelled on the sanctions adopted against Russia. The Prime Minister noted that in total these are more than 12,000 unilateral restrictive measures that affect all the main areas of the Russian economy – from banking to oil and gas. At the same time, according to Mishustin, Russia has already been able to cope with the consequences of sanctions. And if in April inflation in the country was 18%, by the end of October it had dropped to 13%.

BY THE WAY

The income of the mobilized will not be taken into account when assessing the needs of their families

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree allowing the preservation of social support measures for the families of the mobilized. As stated in the document, the income of the mobilized will not be taken into account when assessing the need of their families to receive social support measures. Recall that, by decision of the President, the income of military personnel participating in the SVO cannot be lower than 195,000 rubles per month.

Assistance from the state is now received by those families in which the average per capita income is less than the subsistence level per person in the region. In particular, we are talking about such support measures as benefits for pregnant women registered early, monthly payments for children from 3 to 7 years old inclusive and from 8 to 17 years old, payments in connection with the birth (adoption) of the first or second child, social contract.

The same approach will be applied when assigning a universal allowance, which will be assigned from January 1, 2023.

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