Washington welcomes today’s successful departure from the port of Odessa of the first vessel with Ukrainian grain.
The White House hopes that in the future more courts successfully transport Ukrainian grain to world markets.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, John Kirby, coordinator of the US National Security Council for strategic communications, said this at a briefing in the White House.
Kirby noted that on August 1, the first ship with Ukrainian bread successfully sailed from the port of Odessa, which was made possible thanks to an agreement reached by Ukraine, Russia and Turkey under the auspices of the UN.
“We certainly welcome this important step, and we hope to see more ships move on in the coming days to deliver agri-food products to global markets such as grain, wheat, sunflower oil and corn,” Kirby said.
He noted that about 26,000 tons of corn were loaded onto the ship that set off today.
Kirby recalled that Russia has made food a weapon in the war against Ukraine and has blocked Ukrainian ports since the start of a full-scale invasion in February.
“We strongly urge Russia to uphold its obligations under this agreement, including by facilitating the unimpeded export of agro-industrial products from ports in the Black Sea in order to reduce food insecurity around the world,” Kirby said.
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.
On July 22, an agreement was signed in Istanbul on the unblocking of the 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.
As of June 15, Ukraine had to export about 20 million tons of old crop grain.
On July 29, Kubrakov announced that 10 ships with Ukrainian grain in the ports of Odessa and Chornomorsk were already ready for shipment.
According to CNN Turk, the first ship with Ukrainian grain should arrive in Turkish territorial waters on Wednesday, August 3.