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Marine Link | Three new ships with ["]grain["] leave Ukraine under landmark deal, 5 Aug
The Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul, which groups Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and U.N. personnel, said two ships were setting off from Chornomorsk and one from Odesa.
The Turkish Defense Ministry said on Twitter the Panama-flagged Navistar, carrying 33,000 tonnes of corn and going from Ukraine to Ireland, departed from Odesa Port. The ship will be inspected by the Joint Coordination Centre to the north of Istanbul. The second ship, the Maltese-flagged Rojen, carrying 13,000 tonnes of corn [!] departed from Chornomorsk port bound for Britain. The Joint Inspection Team was monitoring it.

The [third,] Turkish-flagged ship Polarnet set off from Chornomorsk for the Turkish Black Sea port of Karasu [TR].

MSN AFP | Ship accused of carrying stolen Ukranian ["]grain["] leaves Lebanon, 4 Aug
and was later reported by authorities in Damascus to have arrived at the Syrian port of Tartus to unload its cargo. ... The Sierra Leone-registered Razoni set sail from Odessa for Lebanon on Monday with 26,000 tonnes of maize ["die Korn"] under an accord brokered by Turkey and the United Nations that seeks to release millions of tonnes of trapped Ukrainian produce to world markets.
archived I-see-it-everywhere, flour, barley

Hag Watch Int'l "in violent agreement"
USAID Administrator and UN Ambassador on Global Food Security, 20 July US Foreign Relations Committee A/V (EN), feat. Samantha Power and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, respectively, and David Beasely, exec. director of World Food Program; running time 01:59:58

SEN. CARDIN [@0 0:43:45]: Let me interrupt for a moment, because I'm pleased that you're visiting the sites that need attention, that need to understand the causes, and need to know the tools that are available to help, my concern is that we have our so-called allied countries that are part of our alliance in our support for Ukraine, I don't know, necessarily see them recognizing the same degree that food is being used as a weapon of war. So my concern is, do we have a strategy to engage our supportive countries to be more paticipatory in dealing with the challengs we have and recognizing this is a PUTIN strategy and therefore needs as we provide weapons to defend Ukraine, as we provide direct support, we also need to be providing help in regards to the problems Russia's creating with food insecurity.
POWER: May I give a few examples maybe, Linda? So first uh I, again, I think, we're all in violent agreement uh that the response needs to be more multilateralized, that those who are lagging need to step up uh. It's something that Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is working every day in New York, that Secretary Blinken is working around the world. I will say, Senator, of the European countries, again, they have opened their doors to the refugees. That is not without cost. European Commission President van der Leyen has just also announced more than six billion dollars [sic] toward reconstruction. So they are also thinking ahead. And if I could answer your question a slightly different way, but in paralell to Linda's comments, I think, one of the answers to your questions is, comes down, the word 'resilience.' And what we're doing, what USAID on the ground, thanks to the infusion of resources from you but also our pre-exising programs which were headed in this direction anyway, is building Ukraine's capacity not to be dependent, for example, on everything from the Russian export market [?] to Russia's actions in the Black Sea. We are now uh to ensure they have the barges to use the rivers, to be able to modernize their rail lines so they can connect to Europe. This isn't to say that we anticipate there being a Black Sea crisis every year for the rest of time. This war has to end. PUTIN has to end it; but it does mean that diversification is really important. In Africa it's the same issue. Linda knows well from all her time there, the dependence that so many countries have, for example on Russian fertilizer. It's the number one fertilizer producer, exporter in the world, and that is not a reliable source of fertilizers ...
by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 04:37:29 PM EST
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