Within the scope of the grain corridor agreement signed with the mediation of Turkey and the United Nations, it was reported that Razoni, the first ship to depart from Ukraine two weeks ago, approached the Tartus Port of Syria.
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Two sources confirmed to the Reuters news agency the location of the ship, the Razoni, which kept the satellite receivers off.
The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni, which left Ukraine’s Odessa Port on August 1, was on the road with satellite receivers turned off to keep its location secret.
LEBANON BUYER REJECTED THE PRODUCT
Due to a major economic crisis, the ship loaded with 26 thousand tons of corn was scheduled to go to Lebanon, where half of its population is in danger of food insecurity. However, due to the buyer’s concerns about the quality of the product, it was reported that the ship went to Mersin Port on 11 August and anchored.
Two sources in Tartus, who gave information about the position of the ship, which was still navigating with its satellite receivers turned off when it set sail again a day later, confirmed that the ship approached the port in northwest Syria on Sunday.
Ukraine has previously accused Syria of importing grain it claims was stolen from its own warehouses by the Russians after the invasion in February. Russia denies this allegation.
Ukraine had cut diplomatic ties with Damascus, which recognized the independence of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in the east.
The Ministry of Transport statement sent by the Ukrainian Embassy in Beirut to the Reuters news agency said, “Our task was to reopen the ports for grain cargo, and it was done,” and did not provide information about the location of the ship or the destination of the cargo.
The statement also emphasizes that Ukraine is no longer responsible after the ship and cargo depart from Ukrainian ports, especially after leaving a foreign port.
UN: FIRST FOOD AID SHIP TO SHIP SOON
United Nations (UN) officials announced that the UN-flagged Brave Commander ship will leave Ukraine in the coming days to set out for Ethiopia.
The ship, which is loaded with 23 thousand tons of wheat at Ukraine’s Pivdennyi Port, will come to Istanbul, which is designated as the Joint Coordination Center, after stopping at Odesa Port, and its cargo will be shipped from there to Ethiopia.
The shipment will be the first food aid ship headed to Africa under the Black Sea Grain Initiative since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
THE FIRST WHEAT LOADING SHIP ARRIVED TO ISTANBUL
On the other hand, it was reported that the first ship loaded with wheat arrived in Istanbul on Sunday. The Ministry of National Defense announced that the Belize-flagged ship Sormovsky, loaded with 3,500 tons of wheat, departed from the Chernomorsk Port of Ukraine on 12 August.
Within the scope of the grain agreement, it is stated that 16 ships have moved in Ukrainian ports in the last two weeks.