The first shipment of Ukrainian grain is expected since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 “after midnight” Tuesday in Istanbul, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.
The reasonable, was initially reported to fly the flag of Sierra Leone as it left Odessa at 9 a.m. local time (8 a.m. Paris time) on Monday for the Lebanese port of Tripoli (Tripoli district, north of Beirut) with 26,000 tons of maize. Tuesday afternoon. It is now expected “after midnight”, in Istanbul, according to the ministry. The reasonable At night, it was off the Romanian coast, but it had disconnected its automatic identification system, which makes it possible to follow its path at around 2 a.m. local time (1 a.m., Paris time), according to maritime traffic data. Website. When asked, the Defense Ministry did not immediately give reasons for the disconnection, which will likely disappear from the radar. This prudence, however, would allow him to escape the press watching his arrival at the entrance to the Bosphorus.
The cargo ship moved very slowly (7 knots) in Ukrainian waters on Monday due to the presence of mines, but it increased its speed, Marine Traffic reported. It should be examined by the Joint Coordination Center’s committee, which oversees Ukrainian grain exports and ensures strict application of the agreement signed on July 22 between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United States. According to the procedure described by the authorities, “The ship will not enter the port of Istanbul, inspections will be carried out at sea, at anchor” At the Bosphorus entrance to the Black Sea. The press has been warned to stay away: “Boats are not allowed to approach the ship. The Coast Guard Command will take necessary action in this regard,” he said.Ministry of Defense has warned.
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