The resumption of Ukrainian grain exports for the first time since the Russian invasion is a “relief for the world”, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba.
“Ukraine has always been a reliable partner and will remain so if Russia keeps its part of the agreement,” the minister said on Twitter.
UN chief Antonio Guterres “warmly” welcomed the ship’s departure, the spokesman said.
“The Secretary-General hopes that this will be the first of many commercial vessels under the signed agreement and that it will bring much-needed stability and help to global food security, especially in the most sensitive humanitarian contexts,” the UN said. in the statement.
“Very positive” for Russia
The departure of this ship from the port of Odesa (southern Ukraine) is “very positive, a good opportunity to test the effectiveness” of the Istanbul agreement, the Kremlin spokesman told the press. , Dmitry Peskov.
“Let’s hope that the agreements will be implemented by all parties and that the mechanisms will work effectively,” he added.
Call for “full implementation” of the agreement
The European Union on Monday welcomed the departure of the first ship loaded with grain from Ukraine and called for the “full implementation” of the agreement reached in Istanbul, announced the spokesman of the head of diplomacy, Josep Borrel.
“This is a very important and welcome first step and we look forward to the full implementation of the agreement and the resumption of Ukrainian exports to customers around the world affected by the food crisis,” he said of Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports. Peter Stano.
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