Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow was helping Venezuela with supplies of wheat, hours before a Reuters reporter saw a Venezuela-bound cargo ship carrying Russian wheat transit the Bosphorus.
According to Reuters, Lavrov made the comments about wheat at a joint news conference with Venezuelan vice president Delcy Rodriguez, who was visiting Moscow, February March 1st.
Lavrov claimed that efforts by Western nations to isolate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the face of a challenge from his opposition were causing problems, but that Moscow was trying to help with supplies of wheat.
A Turkish official said the ship was carrying 32,400 tonnes of Russian wheat.
Meanwhile, Russia's agriculture ministry said Moscow had delivered 257,200 tonnes of wheat in 2018 for $57.9 million. It said 30,600 tonnes of wheat had been delivered in January this year for $7.1 million.