There is a high probability that the first ship will be able to leave tomorrow morning if everything is regulated by tonight, said Kalin
The spokesman of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed today that there is a “high probability” that the first ship with Ukrainian grain could leave the port of Odesa in Ukraine tomorrow morning, August 1, according to the terms of the agreement signed on 22 July with Russia.
- There is a high probability that the first ship will be able to leave tomorrow morning if everything is regulated by tonight – said Ibrahim Kalin in an interview for the private television Channel Seven,
Preparations have reached the point that would allow the movement of ships from the port of Odessa. The ships are loaded and ready to go, but good logistical coordination is needed – he added.
Ankara announced that the resumption of exports was also a topic of discussion between the Turkish defense minister and the Ukrainian defense and infrastructure ministers.
- The transport is planned to start as soon as possible – the Turkish Ministry stated in a statement.
The Joint Coordination Center (CCC) in charge of controlling Ukrainian grain exports to the Black Sea was officially opened on Wednesday in Istanbul in accordance with the agreements signed on July 22.
On July 27, 2022, Turkey opened a joint coordination center for Ukrainian grain exports aimed at resuming deliveries for the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
The deal to end the blockade, the first major agreement between the Ukrainian and Russian sides since the conflict began, aims to ease a global food crisis that has seen prices soar in some of the world’s poorest countries.
The coordination center should register and monitor merchant ships participating in convoys, ensure that they are tracked via the Internet and satellites, and inspect ships at the time of loading in Ukrainian ports and upon their arrival in Turkish ports.