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Status: 08/02/2022 07:34

The road is dangerous and there is a lot of attention: a freighter loaded with Ukrainian grain is on its way to Turkey. Ukrainian President Zelenskyi was optimistic about continued exports.

After the cargo ship “Razoni”, loaded with about 26,000 tons of corn, left the Ukrainian port of Odessa yesterday, it is expected to arrive in Turkey for an inspection on Wednesday evening. Arrival is delayed. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar spoke first this afternoon. The ministry did not give a reason for the delay.

The “Razoni” is the first ship loaded with grain since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression, which has been able to leave a Ukrainian port. The relief of the international community was all the greater. Ukrainian cereals are urgently needed all over the world. The destination of the ship is Lebanon, but first it must be guided safely through mined waters near the Ukrainian coast via a special sea corridor.

Zelenskyj: billions in foreign exchange earnings

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj was cautiously optimistic about his ability to solve the global supply crisis and boost his own economy. “The port has started operating and it is a positive signal that there is a chance to stop the development of the food crisis in the world,” Zelenskyy said in his daily video message. According to him, 16 other ships are waiting in ports to be dispatched.

Zelenskyj made it clear that the implementation of the grain agreement, which provides for the end of the Russian naval blockade, is also of enormous importance for Ukraine. It’s not just billions of dollars in foreign exchange earnings. “About half a million Ukrainians are involved in the growth of export agricultural products, and if we add related industries, this means an additional million jobs,” he said.

Moscow promises to honor the deal

A spokesman for the Russian army assured that Russia would honor its commitments to implement the agreement. Moscow has taken all measures to ensure the safety of navigation in the Black Sea. Corresponding corridors have been created for Ukrainian ports.

Before entering the Bosphorus, the ship will drop anchor and be inspected by representatives from Ukraine, Russia, the United Nations and Turkey, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry. Screening teams are expected to board the ship on Wednesday morning. The Bosphorus Strait, which crosses Istanbul, is the only sea route connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. Among other things, the inspection aims to ensure that no weapons or the like are loaded. The cargo ship must then cross the strait – it is expected Wednesday in the Lebanese port of Tripoli.

With the delivery, millions of tonnes of grain should once again be available for the world market. Before the war of Russian aggression, Ukraine was one of the largest grain exporters in the world. Food is urgently needed, especially in Asia and Africa.

Baerbock: “Small gesture of humanity”

UN Secretary General António Guterres called it a “milestone”. In New York, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock hailed the departure of the first grain cargo ship as a “small gesture of humanity”. Zelenskyi called on the international community to closely monitor whether Moscow continues to abide by the deal. “We cannot have any illusions that Russia will simply refrain from trying to disrupt Ukrainian exports.”

War opponents Ukraine and Russia separately signed an agreement with Turkey on July 22, mediated by the United Nations, in Istanbul to allow Ukrainian grain exports from three ports. To this end, a control center has been set up in Istanbul, which is composed of Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN representatives.

EU welcomes first shipment of cereals by boat from Ukraine

Astrid Corall, WDR, 08/01/2022 3:48 p.m.

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