DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – Damascus awaits a delivery of a new batch of grain of 100,000 metric tons (110,231 US tons) from Russia, the Syrian prime minister told Sputnik.
"Deliveries of food safety, especially grain deliveries, provided by the Russian authorities, Russian President [Vladimir] Putin have been a big factor in boosting the resilience of the Syrian people. The first batch amounted to 100,000 tones, the next one will also be 100,000 tones," Wael Nader Halqi said.
The minister also noted Russia’s role in deliveries of humanitarian aid to the besieged city of Deir Ez-Zor.
"We are committed to developing relations between the Syrian and Russian governments, and if the head of the Russian government, Medvedev, sends me an invitation, I will gladly accept it together with my colleagues from the economic bloc," Halqi added.