Monday, August 8, 2022
Home EU EU and NATO want Russians to let more Ukrainian grain exports through

EU and NATO want Russians to let more Ukrainian grain exports through

The European Union and NATO on Monday welcomed the departure of the first grain shipment from Ukraine as a "first step" in overcoming the international food crisis caused by the Russian invasion.

However, the EU says that Brussels still expects Moscow to “fully implement the agreement and resume Ukrainian exports to customers around the world”. Earlier, the Sierra Leone registered cargo ship Razoni left the Ukrainian port of Odessa bound for Lebanon with a cargo of 26,000 tons of grain. 

Last weekend, a Syrian-flagged ship carrying a cargo of grain was detained in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli, at the request of the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut. Lebanese police are investigating the "Laodicea" cargo.

According to the Ukrainian ambassador, the grain comes from Russian-occupied Ukrainian gebieden. The diplomat contacted Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday about the ship's "illegal" cargo. Ukraine regularly accuses Russia of “stealing” agricultural products, especially grain, from occupied territory. 

According to the first findings, the shipping company of the “Laodicea” belongs to a Turkish national and the grain belongs to a Syrian trader. Part of the cargo therefore had to be unloaded in Lebanon, the rest was destined for Syria. According to the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it concerns "barley and flour". 

A Lebanese customs official said the ship's documents were "in order and there is no evidence that the goods were stolen". The Turkish authorities had already seized the ship "should it come under sanctions". In Lebanon, which has been badly hit economically, there is currently a major bread shortage.

Popular

EU countries against Turkish invasion in Kurdish region in northern Syria

Turkey must stop its military operations in Syria, according to the European Union. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calls on Ankara to hold back ...

Boris Johnson without support from Northern Ireland to EU for Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatens to lose his support of ... in his negotiations on the exit from the European Union ...

China angry at European prize for Uyghur dissident Ilham Tohti

China is angry with the European Parliament about awarding the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought to the Uyghur ...

LibDems and SNP now come up with their own Brexit election proposal

Prior to important votes in the Lower House about a British farewell to the European Union and the writing of early ...

Iran and US in full on collision rate; emergency meeting EU and NATO

Josep Borell, European High Representative for Foreign Policy, has invited the Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, to ...

Just in

Hundreds of Billions for Climate and Agriculture in the United States

The Democrat-controlled Senate passed a historic package of subsidies and environmental measures on Sunday for a transition in the U.S.…

More French nuclear power stations allowed to discharge warmer cooling water into the river

Due to impending energy shortages in combination with low water levels, five French nuclear power plants are allowed to discharge warmer than normal cooling water into...

EU maintains separate export routes for Ukrainian grain for the time being

Another three ships carrying grain left the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Friday. Their departure follows the successful inspection...

German former chancellor sees opportunity for ceasefire Russia – Ukraine

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder says Russia is ready to negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine. After...

German billions for switch from natural gas to solar and wind energy

In the coming years, Germany will provide more than three billion euros in subsidy for collective district heating from sustainable energy sources. The grant is also intended...