Ukraine: EU and NATO call for “full implementation” of cereals agreement
The European Union and NATO on Monday welcomed the departure from Ukraine of a first ship loaded with grain and called for the “full implementation” of the agreement reached in Istanbul for the resumption of Ukrainian exports. “This is a very important and welcome first step, and we look forward to the full implementation of the agreement with the resumption of Ukrainian exports to customers around the world affected by the food crisis.” caused by blockade of Ukrainian ports by Russia, said Peter Stano, spokesman for the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for his part thanked Turkey for the “central role” played in the conclusion of this agreement.
“NATO allies strongly support the full implementation of the agreement to alleviate the global food crisis caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine,” he said in a message on his Twitter. A first boat, the Razoni, left the port of Odessa loaded with 26,000 tonnes of corn bound for Lebanon. It is expected on August 2 in Istanbul where it must be inspected under the authority of the Joint Coordination Center (CCC), inaugurated last Wednesday. “Lebanon depends on Ukrainian grain exports and is one of the countries most affected by the food crisis,” said Peter Stano.
“Lebanon has refused the shipment of stolen Ukrainian cereals and we are pleased that it is the first recipient of legal exports,” he said. The agreement signed on July 22 in Istanbul between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations allows the resumption of Ukrainian exports under international supervision. A similar agreement signed simultaneously guarantees Moscow the export of its agricultural products and fertilizers.
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