Russia Asks India for Emergency Food Supplies

Sanctions-hit Russia had asked Indian retailers and agro exporters for urgent supplies as the European Union stopped supplying Russia for the second month in a row.

The Russian embassy in New Delhi shared a list of supply requirements with the Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO).

The list included orange marmalade, mango jam, pasta, oats flakes, pancake mix, spaghetti, basmati rice, coffee, tea, cornflakes, rum, ketchup, and prawns.

According to news reports, India and Russia are working out alternative payments mechanism using the rupee and ruble as Russian banks were banned from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (Swift) system.

Last week, India’s exports to Russia resumed with containers carrying goods including tea, rice, fruits, coffee, marine products, and confectionery.

“The transactions are happening through Sberbank,” FIEO Director General Ajay Sahai said.

Meanwhile, a Russian trade association has also reached out to the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), seeking supplies of food items, footwear, artificial jewelry, and ready-made garments.

“Russians are reaching out for the supply of food and groceries as they were earlier supplied by the EU, the UK, and the US. They have sent an elaborate list of items that they require immediately. We have already circulated the list to traders across India,” said Praveen Khandelwal, CAIT Secretary-General.

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