1st Ukraine grain-carrying ship leaving Istanbul for Lebanon

Baku, August 3, AZERTAC

The first grain-laden ship to leave Ukraine continues to sail to Lebanon after Wednesday's inspection by a team from the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul.

The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni, carrying over 26,500 tons of corn, had anchored off the Turkish coast near the Black Sea entrance of the Istanbul Strait on Tuesday night for joint inspections. It had departed from Ukraine's port of Odesa on Monday under a historic deal brokered by Ankara and the UN last month to resume Ukrainian grain exports.

The inspections lasted over an hour. After getting security clearance in Istanbul, the ship passed through the Turkish Straits en route to the port of Tripoli.

Soon after the inspections were completed, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Twitter that the ship would pass through the Turkish Straits "shortly" and continue to Lebanon.

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