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The first ship with Ukrainian grain will successfully arrive in Istanbul tonight

The ship will be inspected by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN under the terms of the safe passage agreement before continuing on to Lebanon.

The Razoni ship under the flag of Sierra Leone is heading to Lebanon / photo from UNIAN, Alexander Gimanov

The first ship to carry Ukrainian grain to world markets after Russia’s full-scale invasion, will successfully arrive in Istanbul on Tuesday evening.

Writes about it Reuters with reference to the representatives of Turkey.

The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni, carrying 26,527 tons of corn, is expected to arrive in Istanbul around midnight local time. It will then be inspected by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN under the terms of a safe passage agreement before continuing on to the Lebanese port of Tripoli.

The departure of the ship on Monday from the Ukrainian port of Odessa to Lebanon via Turkey under a safe passage agreement raised hopes for the plan to succeed in mitigating the growing global food crisis.

Ankara expects about one shipload of grain to leave Ukrainian ports daily as long as the safe passage agreement is in place, one Turkish official, who requested anonymity, said.

However, there are other obstacles that must be overcome before millions of tons of Ukrainian grain can be exported, Reuters writes. Among them is the clearance of the sea and the creation of a basis for the safe passage of ships to the conflict zone and the loading of goods.

As UNIAN reported, on the morning of August 1, from Odessa seaport the first ship with Ukrainian food since the beginning of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine came out. Dry cargo ship Razoni under the flag of Sierra Leone is heading to the port of Tripoli in Lebanon with 26,000 tons of corn.

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Agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine: details

July 22 in Istanbul an agreement was signed to unblock three Ukrainian ports – “Odessa”, “Chernomorsk” and “Yuzhny” – for the export of grain and other agricultural products.

Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu signed separate identical agreements with the UN and Turkey.

Control over the ports “Odessa”, “Chernomorsk” and “Yuzhny” remains entirely with the Ukrainian side.

The term of the agreement is 120 days with the possibility of extension. The Ukrainian and Russian military approved the export routes. Military escort of cargo is not provided. Vessels going to Ukraine will be examined for the presence of weapons, representatives of the Russian Federation are also involved.

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