The first grain ship could leave Ukraine on Monday, the spokesman for the Turkish president said

The first grain ship could leave Ukraine on Monday, the spokesman for the Turkish president said

A worker unloads grains of wheat at a warehouse as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, Zaporizhia region, Ukraine, July 29, 2022. Portal/Dmytro Smolienko

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ISTANBUL, July 31 (Portal) – The probability that the first grain-exporting ship will leave Ukraine’s ports on Monday is high, a spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

“If all (details) are finalized by tomorrow, there is a high probability that the first ship will leave port tomorrow… We will see ships leaving ports no later than the next day,” Kalin said.

In an interview with Kanal 7 broadcaster, Ibrahim Kalin said the joint coordination center in Istanbul is expected to finish final work on the export routes very soon.

Russia and Ukraine are major global wheat suppliers, and the United Nations-brokered deal they signed in Istanbul last week aims to both ease the food crisis and bring down global grain prices that have risen since the Russian invasion.

The agreement aims to provide safe passage for grain shipments to and from Chornomorsk, Odessa and the port of Pivdennyi. Moscow has accused Ukraine of holding up supplies by dismantling port waters. Continue reading

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Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Hugh Lawson, Kirsten Donovan

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