The Lebanese prosecutor’s office has arrested a Syrian-flagged vessel that, according to Ukraine, was transporting grain stolen by Russia from the occupied territory of Ukraine. About it informs Bloomberg publication citing Lebanese Attorney General Ghassan Weidat.
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According to the Lebanese Attorney General, the grain court will be under arrest while Lebanon investigates the origin of the cargo.
The Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon reported that Ukrainian court ruled about the arrest Syrian ship Laodiceawhich arrived in the Lebanese port of Tripoli on July 27 with Ukrainian grain. The embassy claims that the ship was seen on July 4 during loading in the temporarily occupied Feodosia. Ukrainian grain was delivered from the occupied Zaporozhye, Mykolaiv and Kherson regions.
According to the European database Equasis, the owner of the vessel Laodicea is Siria Mar Shipping, according to the publication. Both the company and the ship came under US sanctions in 2015 for their association with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
- This is the second case with the detention of a ship involved in the transportation of stolen Ukrainian grain. The previous one ended with Turkey just let the ship gowithout letting it unload.
- On July 28, the Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon reported that to the Lebanese port of Tripoli a vessel arrived under the flag of Syria, loaded with Ukrainian barley from the occupied territory.
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