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The European Union's foreign policy chief said Monday he has sent letters to all African foreign affairs ministers explaining the sanctions the 27-nation bloc has adopted in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine in late February.

In those letters, he clarified that those sanctions, including severe import restrictions on products such as Russian crude oil, coal, steel and iron do not affect exports of Russian food or fertilizer to non-EU countries.

"We are listening to the concerns of some African leaders about the consequences of our sanctions. I informed my colleagues, (the EU foreign) ministers, that I have sent a letter to all African foreign affairs ministers explaining how our sanctions are being tailored - how they work, whom they affect, what can be allowed under the sanctions or not," Josep Borrell said at a press conference at the end of a Foreign Affairs Council meeting.