Turkey, at the request of Ukraine, detained a ship with a cargo of grain from Berdyansk. Kyiv believes that the ship is involved in illegal exports. Ankara is investigating the origin of the grain, Bloomberg sources say from Berdyansk, writes Bloomberg citing Turkish officials.
Now the cargo ship is anchored in the Turkish port of Karasu, it was detained by local authorities. He has not moored or unloaded, and is waiting while Turkey studies the origin of the grain and the ship's course.
According to one Bloomberg source, Turkey is cautious about the situation, as it is involved in organizing negotiations with the UN, Russia and Ukraine on the export of grain from Ukrainian ports. The interlocutor of the agency noted that negotiations could take place as early as next week.
On the detention of “Zhibek Zholy” became known on July 3. The ship was unable to enter the port of Sakarya due to the lack of necessary permits. It sails under the Russian flag, but is owned by the Kazakh company KTZ Express Shipping. The company stated that since October it had an agreement with the Russian company “Green-Line” on chartering a ship without a crew for a period until November 2022.
Ukraine asked Turkey to arrest the cargo ship, which believes that it is involved in the “illegal export of Ukrainian grain.” The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office wrote a corresponding letter to the Turkish Ministry of Justice, in which it indicated that about 7 thousand tons of wheat were loaded on board.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the situation with the detention of the ship needs to be dealt with. “We need to deal with this situation. The ship seems to be really Russian— under the flag of Russia, belongs, in my opinion, to Kazakhstan, and the cargo was under a contract between Estonia and Turkey,— he noted (quote from Interfax).
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