Ukraine is pleased with the resumption of exports of, among other things, Ukrainian grain from its own ports after three months of difficult negotiations.
A first ship sailed out of the port of Odesa on Monday, and according to Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, Aleksandr Kubrakov, 16 cargo ships are now ready to ship the grain to world markets. According to him, it is a critical step to preventing famine in the world.
The bulk carrier Razoni is on its way across the Black Sea to the Bosphorus with 26,000 tons of maize on an agreed shipping route. After inspecting the cargo on Tuesday in Istanbul, it will take the cargo to Lebanon.
An aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier that there are cargo ships moored at the quay that together are good for the transport of 580,000 tons of cargo. One of the ships loaded with the grain is the Turkish-flagged vessel Polarnet, which is docked in the port of Chornomorsk, on the southern outskirts of Odessa.
The agreement to allow cargo ships carrying Ukrainian products to pass safely across the Black Sea to the Bosphorus despite the struggle was concluded on July 22. Turkish President Erdogan has been pushing for it for months. The ‘grain deal’ was signed with the United Nations, and the coordination center that is to implement the agreement was opened last week in Istanbul on the campus of a military academy.
According to Turkish media, there are about twenty delegates from Ukraine, Russia, the UN, and the host country Turkey. Therefore, the Ukrainians and Russians would only need to have personal contact with each other in emergencies.