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Export of grain will be slow if Russia continues to hit the ports

Grain traders returned to the issue of chartering ships for the export of grain from the ports of Ukraine immediately after the signing of the “grain agreement” in Istanbul. The first ships for next week have already been chartered.

About this in interview Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solsky told Ukrinform.

“Chartering of vessels is the work of those who have always been involved in this – grain traders. They actively returned to this issue on the same day when the agreement on the opening of “grain corridors” was signed. They need time to bargain, assess the risks. As far as I know, as of yesterday, the first ships for the next week have already been chartered,” Solsky said.

The minister also said that they had already managed to agree on the insurance rate. But the very process of the work of “grain corridors” may be hindered by actions on the part of Russia.

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“Obviously, insurance will be more expensive at first, since many other companies, owners of ships, are waiting for results, what will happen to the “pioneers.” And, of course, the whole process will greatly depend on the actions of one country, which always interferes with everyone. If Russia and will continue to fire missiles at the ports, all this will complicate, delay the process. The export of grain will be very slow and insurance rates will be kept high. This is at least. The maximum is that the world will be left without Ukrainian grain, and we will be without currency,” Solsky said.

As reported by Ukrinform, the United States and the rest of the world I expectt to the fact that Russia will comply with its agreements on the export of Ukrainian grain. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the more Ukrainian grain there is on the world market, the more stable the situation for partners will be, and, consequently, the more effective is the joint counteraction to the terrorist state of Russia.

In Istanbul following the results of the quadripartite meeting of Ukraine, Turkey, the UN and Russia on July 22 an agreement was signed under which the export of grain will be carried out and food from the ports of Ukraine.

Since the signing on July 22 of the Initiative for the Export of Grains and Related Food Products by Sea, preparation of the ports “Odessa”, “Chernomorsk” and “Yuzhny” to resume work. Vessels entering and exiting them will be carried out by forming a caravan escorted by a leading vessel.

July 23 enemy attacked the Odessa Sea Trade Port with cruise missiles of the “Caliber” type. Two missiles were shot down by air defense forces, two more hit the infrastructure of the port.

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