Ukraine resumed this Monday its grain exportsafter a ship loaded with corn left the port of Odessa, the first since the beginning of the Russian invasion, according to the agreement signed with Russia that seeks to alleviate the world food crisis.
“The ship ‘Razoni’ sailed from the port of Odessa bound for the port of Tripoli, in Lebanon. She is expected to arrive in Istanbul on August 2. It will continue its route to its destination after the inspections that will be carried out” in Turkey, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced.
The resumption of exports occurs under international supervision and it is the result of the agreement signed on July 22 in Istanbul between representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations.
Both the UN, the EU and the Secretary General of NATO they welcomed the news while calling for full implementation of the agreement.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said it was “a relief to the world.” Russia and Ukraine are great agricultural powers and their cereals supply the world market.
According to the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov, the Sierra Leone-flagged ship transports a load of 26 thousand tons of corn.
Russia called the ship’s departure “very positive” and hoped all sides would implement the deal, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov.
The Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, however, warned that it is still “too soon” to rejoice.
“Let’s wait to see how the agreement works and if security will really be guaranteed,” the president said in his daily video address.
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