The first grain ship to leave Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion last February arrived at the Turkish Bosphorus Strait.
The “Razzoni” ship, which is flying the Sierra Leone flag and carrying 26,000 tonnes of corn, is expected to be inspected on Wednesday morning before continuing its journey on its way to Lebanon.
Russia has imposed a strict blockade on Ukraine’s ports and has prevented any exports from them since February, exacerbating the global food shortage crisis.
But an agreement last month under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) and Turkey between Moscow and Kiev allowed the export of Ukrainian grain to resume again.
The Ukrainian authorities confirmed that their naval ships would accompany and direct grain cargo ships through the waters in which naval mines were planted.
The ship Razoni left the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Monday, heading to Lebanon via Turkish waters, and will be subject to inspection for any prohibited goods by Russian, Ukrainian and Turkish officials, as well as by the UN.