Russia has offered to provide wheat: Khawaja Asif

Russia has offered to give Pakistan wheat in the wake of devastating floods and in consideration of the prospect of food shortages.

On Saturday, Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Asif said that in addition to gas Russia has offered wheat to Pakistan.

During a press conference in Islamabad, he said “Russia has said that it can provide us wheat because in the coming days we may have shortages…”

The minister made his remarks a day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation arrived home from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conference in Uzbekistan.

PM Shehbaz spoke with several international leaders during his two-day trip to Samarkand, where the annual Council of Heads of State was held, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In one of these meetings on Thursday, Putin stated that the required infrastructure was already in place and that pipeline gas shipment to Pakistan was possible.

Additionally, the two leaders pledged to increase and develop bilateral ties in all areas of mutual interest, including commerce, investment, energy, security, and food security.