United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the departure of the first grain merchant ship from the port of Odessa.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations expressed his hope that the first ship would become just the beginning of many grain carriers, according to the initiative signed in Istanbul.
As the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine stated, earlier, that the first grain ship loaded with 26,000 tons of corn left the port of Odessa and headed for Lebanon.
Meanwhile, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Alexander Kobrakov confirmed the departure of the first ship loaded with Ukrainian agricultural products from the port.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense also announced, today, Monday, that the first ship loaded with grain will leave the port of Odessa at 6:30 am (GMT).
The Turkish Ministry of Defense issued a statement, saying, “The first ship loaded with grain will leave the port of Odessa at 6:30 GMT on Monday.
The statement also added: “The Razzoni ship loaded with corn will leave the port of Odessa at 8:30 (local time) this morning, Monday, towards Lebanon.”
The statement indicated that the Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razzoni is the first ship to leave the Ukrainian port of Odessa, pointing out that other ships laden with grain will leave the ports of Ukraine later, within the framework of the specified procedures.
The city of Istanbul witnessed the opening of the Joint Coordination Center to ensure safe shipment of grain from Ukrainian ports.
On July 22, multilateral agreements were signed on lifting restrictions on the supply of Russian products for export and on Russian assistance in the export of Ukrainian grain.
The agreement, signed by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations, includes the export of Ukrainian grain, food and fertilizer through the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa.