After Russia did not renew the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea in mid-July, the first cargo ships to transport grain for the African and Asian markets are headed to the Ukrainian port.
“The first civilian ships to land in Ukrainian ports sail through the temporary corridor,” wrote the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine on Facebook Oleksandr Kubrakov.
He also added that the two ships in Ukraine will load about 20 tons of grain destined for the African and Asian markets. According to Kubrak, the ships sail under the flag of the Pacific country of Palau.
Kiev established the corridor in mid-August, along which ships sail at their own risk.
Until Russia refused to extend the grain export agreement, it ensured the safe passage of cargo ships transporting grain from Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea coast.
Upon withdrawing from the agreement, Moscow announced that it would consider ships sailing towards Ukrainian ports as potential carriers of military cargo.
The agreement on the export of grain across the Black Sea is extremely important, since the food security of many countries depends on Ukrainian grain. Less than two weeks ago, the Russian president met in Sochi for the sake of the agreement Vladimir Putin and the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
After talks on re-accessing the agreement, Putin said that Russia is ready to do so once restrictions on the export of Russian goods are lifted.