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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Food Aid on Agenda

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Informal contacts between Russia and the European Union have suggested Russia may make a request for additional food aid from the 15-nation bloc, EU officials said Friday.

EU officials said meetings with two senior Russian politicians, both of whom are no longer in government, have suggested the country may need up to 9 million tons of cereals. There has been no formal request sofar, they added.

A summer meeting between former European External Relations Commissioner Hans Van den Broek and former Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin at which food aid was discussed was followed up by a letter in early August from the Russian government, which again raised the issue of an additional food aid package. It did not mention any figures.