The first commercial ship with a shipment of grain left the port of Odessa in Ukraine, as part of the agreement to resume kyiv exports.
The ship M/V Razoni is heading to the port of Tripoli, Lebanonwith a shipment of 26 thousand 527 tons of corn. This is the first boat leaving from port dSince February 26 this year.
Last July 22, Russia and Ukraine signed in Istanbul the Black Sea Grains initiative to reopen Ukrainian ports in the area to grain exports, as well as facilitate shipments of the same and Russian fertilizersdespite the harsh Western sanctions imposed on Moscow.
Given this, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, celebrated the exit and stated that he “hopes this will be the first of many commercial ships to move” under the initiative.
“Ensuring that existing grains and food products can move to world markets is a humanitarian imperative,” Guterres said.
He also explained that the World Food Program (WFP) also plans to buy, load and ship 30,000 tons of wheat out of Ukraine on a ship chartered by the UN.
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmitro Kuleba, declared through social networks that it is a “day of relief for the world”.
“Day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as the first Ukrainian grain leaves Odessa after months of Russian blockade,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Ukraine has always been a reliable partner and will continue to be so if Russia keeps its part of the bargain,” he added.
The day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as the first Ukrainian grain leaves Odesa after months of Russian blockade. Ukraine has always been a reliable partner and will remain one should Russia respect its part of the deal.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) August 1, 2022
In turn, the The Kremlin called the news “very positive.”
For its part, the European Union welcomed the departure and noted that it is “a first step towards mitigating the global food crisis.”
He added that consumers need the agreement because, he argued, “the negative consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the blockade of Ukrainian imports are affecting the most vulnerable people in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.”
The EU welcomes the departure of the first commercial ship from the port of Odessa after months of blockage by Russia.
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) August 1, 2022