Ukraine asks Turkey to take ‘urgent action’ on grain vessels – POLITICO

Ukraine has asked Turkey to take « urgent action » on a Russian-flagged freighter carrying 7,000 tonnes of grain from the Russian-occupied port of Berdyansk.

The vessel, the Zhibek Zholy, is en route to the Turkish port of Karasu.

Ukraine’s Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar wrote on this Facebook page that the Kyiv Prosecutor General’s Office had written to the Turkish authorities asking for « urgent action » to be taken regarding the ship.

It is not known where the grain of the cargo comes from. Russia has been accused of seizing grain in Ukrainian areas controlled by Russia, which Moscow denies.

« We have good communication and close cooperation with the Turkish authorities, » the ambassador said. « I am convinced that the decisions taken will prevent attempts to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. » showed the The Zhibek Zholy anchored about a kilometer from Karasu port on Friday evening.

Yevhen Balytskyi, who was recently appointed by Russia as governor of Ukraine’s occupied Zaporizhzhia region, said earlier this week that the grain would be sent to « friendly countries ».

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hinted that he would not hijack the ship. « We can supply or re-export wheat, barley, sunflower oil and other agricultural products to countries in need, » Erdoğan said, according to Russian news agency TASS.

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