February 2, 2023

Turkey says a ship carrying the first Ukrainian pill is on its way to arrive safely

Turkey says a ship carrying the first Ukrainian pill is on its way to arrive safely

  • The first ship to carry Ukrainian grain on time – Turkey
  • Turkey expects similar daily cruises – official
  • Ukraine’s president fears Russia will interfere
  • Russia hails resumption of exports, describing it as ‘very positive’

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey said the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain to world markets since the Russian invasion that blocked exports more than five months ago was on its way to safely reach Istanbul on Tuesday evening, amid Ukrainian fears it could be exposed. Problems.

The ship’s departure on Monday from the Ukrainian port of Odessa bound for Lebanon via Turkey under a safe passage agreement raised hopes of more departures that could help ease a growing global food crisis.

A senior Turkish official, who asked not to be identified, said on Tuesday that Turkey expects approximately one grain ship to leave Ukrainian ports every day as long as the safe passage agreement is in place. Read more

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The United Nations has warned of the risks of multiple famines this year due to the war in Ukraine.

Monday’s sailing was made possible after Turkey and the United Nations brokered a grain and fertilizer export deal between Russia and Ukraine last month — a rare diplomatic breakthrough in a conflict that has become a protracted war of attrition since Russian troops poured across the border. February 24.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his late evening speech on Monday, called the ship’s departure “the first positive sign,” but warned that it was too early to draw conclusions or predict how things would go.

“We can have no illusions that Russia will simply refrain from trying to disrupt Ukrainian exports,” Zelensky said.

Ozkan Altunpodak, Turkey’s representative in a coordination center set up to oversee the resumption of Ukraine’s grain exports, said on Tuesday that the vessel, the Sierra Leone-flagged vessel, the Razoni, was on its way to dock in Istanbul on Tuesday night.

He said the only problem so far is a slight delay due to bad weather. The ship, carrying 26,527 tons of corn, was due to arrive in Istanbul around midnight local time.

It will then be inspected by Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian and United Nations officials under the terms of the Safe Passage Agreement before continuing its journey to the Lebanese port of Tripoli, its final scheduled destination.

There are other obstacles that must be overcome before millions of tons of Ukrainian grain can leave, including clearing naval mines and creating a framework for ships to safely enter the conflict zone and pick up cargo. Read more

Ukraine, known as Europe’s breadbasket, hopes to export 20 million tons of grain stored in silos and 40 million tons of the harvest now underway, initially from Odessa, Pivdennyi and Chornomorsk nearby, to help clean up the silos for the new crop.

Russia described Razouni’s departure as “very positive” news. It has denied responsibility for the food crisis, saying Western sanctions have slowed its exports.

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of planting mines that are now floating around the Black Sea and are a danger to navigation.

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Reporting by Reuters offices. Written by Andrew Osborne and Michael Perry; Edited by Angus Maxwan

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