Russian president Vladimir Putin has promised his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro that Russia “is committed” to maintaining its delivery of much-needed fertilisers to the South American country, The Daily Star wrote.

Speaking in Brazil, Bolsonaro was quoted as saying that the two leaders had discussed “food security” and “energy insecurity” in their telephone conversation on 27 June, without giving more details.

In a separate statement, the Kremlin was quoted as saying in the 29 June report that Putin had “stressed that Russia is committed to carry out its obligations to guarantee the uninterrupted delivery of Russian fertilisers to Brazilian farmers”.

Russia provides 25% of Brazil’s fertiliser imports along with large amounts from Belarus, according to UkrAgroConsult.

However, sanctions imposed on Russia and the closure of Ukrainian ports had led to concerns in Brazil – the world’s fourth largest consumer of fertilisers responsible for 8% of global consumption, DT Next reported on 28 June.

Russia is one of Brazil’s 15 largest trading partners with bilateral trade in 2021 totalling US$7.3bn last year, according to the report.

Brazil is a leading world producer of soyabeans, sugarcane, maize, cassava and other agricultural products.