This is one of more than 20 ships that were in Ukrainian ports at the start of the war.
Departure of the Turkish ship from the port of the occupied Mariupol is not associated with the export of Ukrainian grain.
About it informed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Turkey Vasily Bodnar during a briefing.
“This (the departure of a Turkish ship from Mariupol) has nothing to do with the export of our grain from our ports. In fact, negotiations are underway to convince the Russian side to join the quadripartite negotiations and discuss UN plans to unblock Ukrainian ports,” he said.
Regarding the Turkish ship, according to Bodnar, it entered the port of Mariupol even before the start of the full-scale invasion of Russia, and all this time it was held by the occupiers. Now this ship has been released, it has left the port of Mariupol and is heading for the open sea. This is one of the 21 ships that were in Ukrainian ports at the start of the war.
The ambassador stressed that “there is no betrayal here,” and Russian propaganda is working very actively and “trying to drive a wedge” in relations between Ukraine and Turkey.
In addition, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu recalled that Ankara is making efforts to resolve the food problem as soon as possible and continues active negotiations on this issue with both Russia and Ukraine, reports Anadolu.
“If an agreement is reached in Istanbul, a monitoring center will be created, as well as a “security zone” directly outside the waters of Ukraine,” the Turkish minister said.
According to Cavusoglu, Turkey seeks a constructive role and makes efforts (to overcome the grain crisis). This problem must be solved as soon as possible, he stressed.
Answering a question from journalists about the likelihood of exporting grain stolen from Ukraine through Russian ports to different countries, including Turkey, Cavusoglu noted that such statements are voiced in the media from time to time.
The Ukrainian side also informs Ankara on this issue. “We consider and study every incoming signal with all seriousness. We inform the Ukrainian side on this issue as well. In fact, monitoring is very simple. To do this, just download an application worth 5-6 dollars. This allows you to track shipping, receive information about ports of exit their cargo. You don’t have to be a government official for this. Everyone can get access to information,” Cavusoglu said.
“Turkey is studying information about the country of origin, the port of departure. Each time we check and confirm that the products are made in Russia. Turkey will not allow illegal trade in Ukrainian grain or any other product by any country, in particular Russia. We also do not “We will accept these goods. The decisive position of Turkey and its state structures on this issue is unchanged,” the minister said.
As UNIAN reported, according to Anadolu, on June 22 Turkey announced the achievement progress in negotiations with the Russian Federation on unblocking the export of Ukrainian grain.
It is noted that a delegation of the Turkish Defense Ministry went to Russia to discuss the issue of unblocking merchant shipping in the Black Sea in order to transport grain from Ukrainian ports, as well as to ensure the safe return of military transport aircraft of the Turkish Armed Forces from Boryspil airport in Kyiv.
According to the agency, the meeting in Moscow gave the first concrete result. Literally a few hours after the end of lengthy negotiations, the Turkish dry cargo ship Azov Concord left one of the ports of Ukraine. Azov Concord became the first foreign ship to leave the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, which was captured by Russian invaders.