Resumption of Black Sea 'Grain Corridor' reported by Turkish media

Turkish mass media reports on the resumption of the "grain corridor", which was blocked for two days for vessel inspections, reported the Turkish TV channel TRT with reference to sources in the country's Ministry of Defense.

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According to its sources, after Ankara's initiative, inspections of vessels resumed, and the "grain corridor" started working again.

Earlier, the office of the coordinator of the Black Sea Grain Initiative of the United Nations reported that no ship was inspected within the framework of the "grain deal" during the last two days.

According to the Ministry of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure, as of Monday, 90 vessels are awaiting inspection in Turkish territorial waters, of which 62 are vessels that are being loaded. The export of Ukrainian agricultural products through the grain corridor in April was one of the lowest for the entire time of operation of the grain corridor at only 2.8 million tons. Due to the delay and limitation of inspections by the Russian side, only 65 ships with food were able to leave Odesa ports in April.

On Monday, Russia again blocked the work of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, refusing to register incoming vessels and carry out their inspections.

Russia also threatened to unilaterally withdraw from the grain deal on May 18.