Carrying 33,000 tons of corn, the Panama-flagged ship "Navi-Star" is expected to proceed on its way to Ireland after an inspection.
Türkiye's defence minister underlined that they continue to work with Russian, Ukrainian and UN officials for the smooth functioning of the grain ships under Ankara-brokered deal.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed Türkiye’s continued efforts to end the Ukraine crisis and emphasised that the entire world needs food items coming from Ukraine and Russia.
Antonio Guterres expressed his gratitude to Türkiye for providing a platform to help resume Ukrainian grain exports to the world via the Black Sea.
Ukraine is preparing for the shipment of stuck grain this week and de-mining will take place "exclusively" in the shipping lanes required for grain exports, says country's infrastructure minister.
The development comes after Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement in Istanbul with the help of Türkiye's mediation, which was backed by the United Nations.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed that Saturday's strikes on Odessa – one of three designated export hubs under the recent deal – showed Moscow could not keep its promises.
Grain prices began to fall as Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed a deal in Istanbul to resume Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports.
Ankara wants the agreement to resume Ukrainian Black Sea grain exports — reached in four-way talks in Istanbul — to take written shape in a few days, says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said growing food insecurity around the world "has been significantly exacerbated by the Russian aggression against Ukraine".
Ukraine says its troops will "have to be withdrawn" from a mostly Russian-occupied eastern city as Moscow claims it has encircled about 2,000 Ukrainian troops in Luhansk on the 121st day of fighting.
Under the UN plan, safe corridors could be established without de-mining in the Black Sea for grain exports from Ukraine, says Foreign Minister Cavusoglu.
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