First shipment of Ukrainian grain has reached Turkish shores, ahead of inspection tomorrow

The “Razoni” carries on board 26,000 tons of corn bound for Lebanon. This is the first authorized shipment since the signing of an international export agreement.

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It is carrying the first authorized load of Ukrainian grain since the start of the war in Ukraine. the Razoni, a freighter under the Sierra Leonean flag, arrived off the northern coast of Istanbul on the Black Sea on Tuesday August 2. Departing from Odessa with 26,000 tons of corn destined for Lebanon, the ship must spend the night anchored off the coast of Turkey. It will then be inspected on Wednesday morning by an international team at the entrance to the Bosphorus, said the Turkish Ministry of Defense.

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This is the first export authorized under the agreement signed on July 22 in Istanbul between Ukraine and Russia, mediated by Turkey and under the auspices of the United Nations, to unblock Ukrainian ports and relieve agricultural markets. According to AFP journalists posted on the shore, the boat, 186 meters long, arrived in sight of the coast shortly before 7 p.m. (local time), while it was expected two hours later at the entrance of the Bosphorus, according to the Ministry of Defense.

The inspection, requested by Moscow which wanted to be sure of the nature of the cargo, will be “carried out by a delegation composed of Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian and UN representatives, then the Razoni will continue on its way”Turkish Admiral Özcan Altunbulak, head of the Joint Coordination Center (CCC) which oversees operations, had told the press.

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