The Turkish TQ Samsun has become the last dry cargo ship to leave the Ukrainian port as part of a grain deal that expires on July 17. This is reported by Reuters and the monitoring service Marine Traffic.
The ship left Odessa at 08:12 and should arrive in Istanbul on July 17 at 14:00. The Joint Coordinating Center (JCC) in Istanbul reports that the dry cargo ship will then go to the Netherlands. According to available data, it transports 38.8 thousand tons of agricultural products.
The day before, SKC reported that only TQ Samsun was working at the port, which was loaded with grain. The center has not issued permits for new inspections since June 27.
“Huge diplomatic costs”
Meanwhile, in an interview with CBS television channel, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that Washington is ready for any decision by Russia on the grain deal.
“It is possible that Russia will come out of it, perhaps they will continue … We are ready for any scenario, and we are working closely on this with the Ukrainians”,
Sullivan noted that, according to the United States, the refusal of the Russian Federation to extend the deal would result in “huge diplomatic costs” for Moscow. Nevertheless, he concluded, the choice remains with President Vladimir Putin.
Search for a compromise
TASS, citing a diplomatic source in Turkey, reports that the decision to extend the humanitarian initiative can be made at the last moment.
“Obviously, the decision will be made at the very last moment and it will be possible if Russia considers the extension of the deal appropriate,” the source said.
As the TASS interlocutor noted, Moscow’s recent statements demonstrate the decisiveness of its position regarding the non-extension of the grain deal, and in order to resume the supply of agricultural products, it will be necessary to find the necessary arguments and compromises.
Current status of negotiations
On July 12, the representative of the UN Secretary General Stéphane Dujarric said that António Guterres sent a letter to Putin with proposals for the implementation of the Russian part of the initiative. He noted that “the goal is to remove obstacles affecting financial transactions through the Russian Agricultural Bank, which is of great concern to the Russian Federation, and at the same time ensure the continued flow of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea.” “We have not made any statements about this.” Western media hastened to extend the grain deal Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hopes to negotiate with the Russian leader… 14 July 20:02
The next day, Putin assessed the prospects for the grain deal with the words “enough, in the end”, noting, however, that Russia could suspend participation in the grain deal until Moscow’s conditions are met. He also said that he had not seen a new letter from the UN Secretary General, but Moscow is in contact with the organization’s employees. In his opinion, the UN is trying to improve the situation with the grain deal, but this is hindered by Western countries.
On July 14, Turkish President Recep Tayop Erdogan said he was counting on the visit of the Russian leader to Turkey in August, noting that he and Putin had “common positions” on the grain deal.
“We are preparing to receive Putin in Turkey in August. We have the same opinion regarding the extension of the grain corridor,” Erdogan said.
UN data on the grain deal
On July 15, the UN coordinating center summed up the results of the grain deal. Thus, the Center recognized that 90% of corn and 60% of wheat were sent to rich countries and those that belong to countries with an upper middle income.
According to the Center, during the year Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen received 2.5% of the food transported under the deal – just over 822 thousand tons out of more than 33 million.
In total, during the period of the grain deal, 1003 ships with grain left Ukrainian ports, we are talking about more than 32.8 million tons of cargo.