Turkish TV channel TRT Haber: Grain-contracted ship inspections resumed
ANKARA, 9 May – RIA Novosti. According to the state television channel, the inspections of the ships related to the “grain deal” have resumed. TRT News citing sources in the country’s Ministry of Defense.
Sources at the Ministry of National Defense reported that as a result of Turkey’s initiatives, inspections were resumed and the ‘grain corridor’ was restarted.
The UN had previously reported that in May the number of inspections of ships participating in the initiative fell to an average of 2.9 per day (in April this figure averaged four per day). There was no inspection, especially on Sunday and Monday.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative, signed by the representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN on July 22, 2022, includes the export of grain, food and fertilizer to the Black Sea from Ukraine’s three ports, including Odessa. The coordination of ship traffic is carried out by the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul.
Source says grain deal remains at risk of failing
President Vladimir Putin pointed out that the West exports most of Ukrainian grain to itself, not to needy countries in Africa. From March 18, 2023, Russia extended the agreement by 60 days until May 18, but Ukraine insists that the agreement was extended by 120 days.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative is an integral part of the package deal. The second part of the Russia-UN agreement, designed for three years, provides for the removal of the barrier to Russia’s food and fertilizer exports, the reconnection of Rosselkhozbank to SWIFT, the resumption of the supply of agricultural machinery, spare parts and services, the reinstatement of the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia operation . pipeline and some other measures. As stated in Moscow, this part of the package deal has not yet been implemented.
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