ATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and leaders of countries thanked Turkiye as they welcomed the news of the first ship carrying grain departing from Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa on Monday.
“I welcome the first shipment of Ukrainian grain from Odessa under the UN-brokered deal. I thank our ally Turkiye for its pivotal role,” Stoltenberg tweeted.
“NATO allies strongly support the full implementation of the deal to ease the global food crisis caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine,” he added.
Meanwhile, Guterres also thanked Turkiye for its efforts and leadership.
The departure of the Sierra Leone-flagged dry cargo ship Razoni marked an “important starting point” for the agreement, Guterres said. “It must be the first of many commercial ships bringing relief and stability to global food markets,” he added.
“Today’s departure is an enormous collective achievement by the Joint Coordination Center, set up last week in Istanbul under United Nations auspices, with representatives from Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and Türkiye,” the U.N. chief told reporters.
“Ensuring that grain, fertilizers, and other food-related items are available at reasonable prices to developing countries is a humanitarian imperative. People on the verge of famine need these agreements to work in order to survive,” he said.