Reuters: The first ship with Ukrainian grain came to Syria after Lebanon's refusal Dry-cargo ship Razoni under the flag of Sierra Leone, loaded with 26,000 tons of corn, sailed from the port of Odessa on August 1. It became the first ship to leave Ukraine along the grain corridor. The cargo was intended for Lebanon, but it refused
The first ship that left Ukraine along the grain corridor two weeks ago approached the Syrian port of Tartus on Sunday, Reuters reported, citing two sources.
Dry cargo ship Razoni under the flag of Sierra Leone, loaded with 26 thousand tons of corn, sailed from the port of Odessa on August 1. Initially, the cargo was destined for Lebanon. However, the country refused it, explaining the decision by the delay. The ship then proceeded to Turkey. On August 11, it moored in Mersin. However, the next day, the cargo ship put to sea again, turning off the transponder.
Two sources, one of which is in Tartus, confirmed to Reuters on Sunday that the vessel was approaching a Syrian port.
In near the Syrian port of Tartus there is a logistics center for the Russian Navy
Ukraine has previously accused Russia of exporting grain. In particular, Reuters, citing the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon, reported that since the outbreak of hostilities, Moscow has exported at least 150,000 tons of grain from the neighboring country to Syria.
The Kremlin called reports of grain theft “fake”. The UN did not confirm Russia's guilt either. Syrian Ambassador Riyad Haddad said that the country is supplied with wheat from Russia under long-term contracts concluded before the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
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Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Syria at the end of June, after Damascus recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. In response, Syria terminated relations with Ukraine.
At the end of July, Russia and Ukraine separately concluded agreements with Turkey and the UN on the export of grain from three Ukrainian ports— Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. A coordinating center was established in Istanbul, which controls the export of grain. After that, vessels with grain began to leave the Ukrainian ports. So, on the eve of the dry cargo ship Fulmar S under the flag of Barbados with 12 thousand tons. tons of corn left Chernomorsk and headed for Turkish Iskenderun. Another ship with 3 thousand tons of sunflower seeds left Chornomorsk for Tekirdag.
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