Turkish Defense Minister: Shipment of Ukrainian grain goes according to plan

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday that the work on the agreement on the shipment of grain from Ukraine is still going according to plan.

In press statements following a meeting with his Sierra Leone counterpart Kelly Hasan Konteh in Ankara, Akar noted that 3 ships loaded with corn left Ukrainian ports today heading for Turkey, Ireland and the UK.

He also pointed out that on Friday morning, an empty ship left Istanbul for Ukraine to ship grain from there, adding: “Our activities continue without interruption, as planned and indicated in the agreements.”

Akar praised the workers of the Istanbul Joint Coordinating Center for the Control and Inspection of Vessels, in accordance with the agreement.

And on Thursday, the Razoni ship with the first batch of grain crossed the Turkish chanakkale (Dardanelles) strait and continued on its way to the Lebanese port of Tripoli, leaving the ports of Ukraine on Monday.

On July 22, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the UN signed the Initiative Document for the Safe Delivery of Grain and Food from Ukrainian Ports during a meeting in Istanbul.

The agreement guarantees the safety of exporting grain stuck in Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea (Eastern Europe) to the world.

Source: “Anatolia”

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