First grain ship from Ukraine returns to Turkey after failed sale to Lebanon

© Provided by News 360 The Sierra Leone-flagged freighter Razoni anchors in the Bosporus off Istanbul. - Tolga Ildun/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

The vessel ‘Razoni’, the first to leave a Ukrainian port since the start of the war to export grain, has returned to Turkey after Lebanon refused to pay for the order, citing the shipment’s delay of more than five months.

This was confirmed by the Ukrainian ambassador to Lebanon, Igor Ostash, in an interview with the Ukrinform agency, in which he detailed that the ship has docked in the Turkish port of the city of Mersin.

“The Razoni ship, which was the first to leave the port of Odessa for the port of Tripoli in Lebanon, has docked at the port of Mersin in Turkey,” Ostash detailed, according to the said agency.

Last Monday the Ukrainian Embassy in the African country announced that the buyer company and the company selling the grain had reached an agreement to cancel the order, since Lebanon had refused to buy the grain, which was five months overdue.

Following Lebanon’s refusal, the selling company is studying to which other possible orders it would be possible to transport the grain, the Ukrainian Embassy detailed in a message on Twitter.

The ‘Razoni’ is the first ship to leave a Ukrainian port after the agreement signed between Russia and Ukraine for the continuation of Ukrainian grain exports since the beginning of the war. After a two-day voyage from the port of Odessa, ‘Razoni’ arrived in Istanbul on August 3.

Source: News 360