Three ships loaded with grain sailed this Tuesday (01/11/2022) from Ukrainian ports and are sailing towards the humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea, announced the body that oversees the implementation of the agreement mediated by Turkey and the UN.
“The movement of these three ships was agreed upon by the delegations of Ukraine, Turkey and the UN (…) The Russian delegation was informed,” the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) said, according to the AFP news agency.
Russia announced over the weekend that it was suspending its participation in an agreement to export Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea and warned on Monday of the “danger” of maintaining routes in this corridor without its authorization.
After condemning the drone attack on its fleet in Crimea, Moscow demanded that “Ukraine guarantee security” on this sea route. Turkey and the UN are working to dissuade Russia and bring Moscow back into the deal.
“The UN coordinator for the Black Sea Cereals Initiative, Amir Abdulla, is still in talks with the states to continue their full participation,” the center said.
He also specified that despite the withdrawal of the Russians, 46 ships could be inspected on Monday and could receive approval to cross the corridor in both directions.
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