Ukraine announced the arrival of a Syrian ship with “stolen grain” in Lebanon
The Syrian ship left the Crimean port and delivered 5,000 tons of “stolen barley” and 5,000 tons of “stolen flour” to Tripoli, the Ukrainian embassy said. Moscow denies these accusations.< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/9/77/756590351126779.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >
A U.S.-sanctioned Syrian vessel has docked in the Lebanese port of Tripoli carrying “barley and wheat stolen by Russia from Ukraine,” Reuters was told at the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut.
The vessel left the Crimean port, which is closed for international transportation, carrying 5,000 tons of barley and 5,000 tons of flour, according to the Ukrainian diplomatic mission.
According to the MarineTraffic website, the Laodicea vessel docked in Tripoli on Wednesday, July 27.
At the end of May, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Ukraine Taras Vysotsky said that Russia had taken out about half a million tons of grain from the territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporozhye and Kharkiv regions.
According to the Ukrainian side, the Russian military is exporting grain to the Crimea, Moscow denies these accusations.
The representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric said that the organization has no data that would confirm Kyiv's statements that Russia exports Ukrainian grain.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, when asked by a journalist about the sale by Russia of “stolen” grain recalled that Moscow is engaged in delivering the east of the country from the “neo-Nazi regime” in Ukraine; and urged Ukrainian journalists not to equal themselves.
“Your head hurts all the time about where to steal something? And you think that everyone does this? the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry asked in response.
After lengthy negotiations, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN signed an agreement on the export of grain. The agreements provide for the creation of a corridor for its export.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu specified that the agreement includes two documents. According to the first of them, the UN will join in lifting restrictions on the export of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products. The second document defines the algorithm for the export of Ukrainian grain through the sea humanitarian corridor from Ukrainian ports.
The parties also agreed to establish a coordination center, the start of which Turkey announced on July 27.
UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths announced that the first ship with grain could leave the Ukrainian port as early as Friday, July 29.
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