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First Grain Ship To Depart Ukraine Is Offloading In Russia's Ally Syria

•, by Tyler Durden

It never made it to its original listed destination of Lebanon. Instead, on Tuesday The Associated Press has revealed in a bit of an ironic twist: "The first shipment of grain to leave Ukraine under a wartime deal appears to have ended up in Syria — even as Damascus remains a close ally of Moscow, satellite images analyzed Tuesday by The Associated Press show."

Within a week after the Razoni's successful navigation of the Black Sea through a UN-administered 'safety corridor' overseen from a joint operations room in Istanbul, the vessel was left without a buyer, as the initial Lebanese purchaser refused delivery, explaining it was due to the five-month delay.

Both Ukraine's government and the United States had hailed the Razoni's departure as demonstrating the success of an agreed upon Ukraine-Russia-Turkey and UN mechanism to ensure that grain exports can resume despite the ongoing war and dangerous, mined Black Sea waters.

The US Embassy in Beirut had even posted a photograph of the grain vessel's departure. Following this a senior Turkish official told Reuters that "The plan is for a ship to leave…every day." And the official described of operations at three Ukrainian ports covered under the UN deal, "If nothing goes wrong, exports will be made via one ship a day for a while."

But now perhaps something did go "wrong" from the perspective of the West, as the AP underscores of the latest development, "But its arrival in Syria's port of Tartus shows how complicated and murky international trade and shipping can be. Syria has already received Ukrainian grain taken from Russian-occupied territory amid Moscow's war on Kyiv."