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Syria calls off mysterious million tonne Russian wheat deal

DUBAI (Reuters) – A mysterious Syrian wheat purchase signed last October with a little-known Russian trader has formally been called off, a government source has told Reuters. War-torn Syria had sought 1 million tonnes of wheat from trader Zernomir to feed government-held territories and prevent bread shortages. Wheat exporter Russia supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s six-year-old war and has helped the government with wheat aid. But there was scepticism about the ability of Zernomir to deliver on the deal from the start. “The deal was cancelled due to difficulties in banking operations…