The first shipment of Ukrainian grain arrives at the port of Tripoli in Lebanon .. the day after tomorrow

The first cargo of grain exported from Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24 arrives at the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon on Sunday morning, a spokesman for the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut told AFP on Friday.

The Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razzoni left the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Monday, carrying 26,000 tons of corn. She reached the northern shores of Istanbul on Tuesday before continuing her course to Lebanon.

“The ship is expected to arrive at 10:00 (7:00 GMT) Sunday morning at the port of Tripoli,” said Marilyn Merhej, spokesperson for the media at the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut.

An agreement signed by Russia and Ukraine on July 22, brokered by Turkey and sponsored by the United Nations, allows the resumption of shipments to world markets of Ukrainian wheat suspended by the Russian invasion.

It specifically provides for the creation of safe corridors to allow merchant ships to navigate the Black Sea and export between twenty and 25 million tons of grain.

After calling in Istanbul on the Black Sea on Tuesday, the ship underwent an hour and a half inspection by a team of UN experts, at the request of Russia, which wants to ascertain the nature of the shipment.

The measure marked the end of a “trial phase” of the mechanisms for implementing the international agreement signed in July in Istanbul to contain the world food crisis, according to the secretariat of the Joint Coordination Center.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said a few days ago that another 16 ships loaded with grain were “waiting their turn” to leave the main Black Sea port of Odessa, which before the war covered 60 percent of port activity. of the country.

A similar agreement was signed to guarantee Russia at the same time the export of its agricultural products and fertilizers despite Western sanctions.

The two agreements should help alleviate the global food crisis caused by high food prices in some of the poorest countries in the world.

The Turks also hope that the two agreements will strengthen confidence and pave the way for negotiations for a ceasefire between Moscow and Kiev.