Ears of wheat in a field of the Solgonskoye farming company in Talniki, Russia, Aug. 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin/File Photo)
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Syria has struck a deal to buy 3 million tons of wheat from its ally Russia over three years and is working to secure credit finance from Moscow for the grain, Syria's internal trade minister told Reuters.Syria has announced several large commercial deals for Russian wheat in the past twelve months, but none has so far been fulfilled, according to Russian customs data.Russian customs data show Russia supplied 125,200 tons of wheat to Syria in the 2016/17 marketing season, which ended on June 30 .Before the multi-sided conflict, Syria could produce 4 million tons of wheat in a good year and export 1.5 million tons. The Russian imports will account for the bulk of the 2 million tons of wheat consumed annually in Syrian government territory.
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