‘Laodicea Was Looted’ Claims Ukraine As It Reaches Lebanon Port
Ukraine–The ship carrying grain to Lebanon has landed itself in choppy waters as Ukrainian Embassy claims it has been smuggled from Ukrainian reserves, without their consent. In response, the Lebanese side has shown disappointment at the lack of protocol and baselessness of the allegations made by the Ukrainian side.
The Laodicea was not looted anywhere and has travelled straight to Lebanon from Syria. Ukraine has claimed otherwise. The route of the ship is being looked into, according to the Lebanese transport minister Ali Hamieh.
According to the Ukrainian sources, Russian-controlled Crimean port of Feodosia carrying 5,000 tonnes of barley and 5,000 tonnes of flour. It suspects the grain was seized by invading Russian forces in the areas of Kherson, Zaporizhia and Mykolaiv.
The embassy has also claimed that in fact the embassy said the grain was being sent to Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Turkey, and the vessel was one of 78 ships illegally transporting Ukrainian grain that had been documented.
Under the Black Sea Initiative, Turkey had brokered a settlement for Ukrainian ports to be opened and grain exports to start. There has been acute shortage in grains across the world, especially in countries that are dependent on grain exports like Lebanon, Egypt and other parts of the African continent.
As per the Ukrainian embassy, the grain was being sent to Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Turkey, and the vessel was one of 78 ships illegally transporting Ukrainian grain that had been documented.
The Lebanese foreign ministry tweeted that Lebanon had received warnings and protests from several western countries over the arrival of the ship. Lebanese officials have said that there is Russian paperwork, though it has not been shown to the media. Grain has not been offloaded either.