Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian National Defense Monitoring Center, said that foreign ships are still being held in six Ukrainian ports due to the danger of mines planted by the Ukrainian side around these ports.
Mezintsev added that 70 foreign vessels are still stuck in six ports (Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Uchakov, Odessa and Yuzhny). Noting that the threat of bombing and the high risk of mines caused by the Kyiv regime did not allow ships to freely go to sea.
According to Mizintsev, there is still a danger to shipping and damage to port infrastructure from the drift of some Ukrainian mines, which were removed from their berth, to the coasts of the Black Sea countries.
On Friday, Russia and Ukraine signed agreements in Istanbul with Turkey and the UN to remove restrictions on the supply of Russian agricultural products to the world market and determine the algorithm for exporting Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. It is envisaged that this grain will be exported from three ports – Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny, after ensuring safe passages.
Ships will be searched for weapons, and warships and aircraft will not be able to approach them without permission. The process will be supervised by a specially created joint coordination center.
On Friday, at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Istanbul, UN Secretary-General António Guterres signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the supply of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets. Its mission is to ensure transparent and unhindered supplies of Russian food and fertilizer products, including raw materials for their production, to world markets. The term of the note is three years.