On Monday, Russia blocked ship inspections in the Bosphorus for the second time.
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, since April 10 the Russian contingent in the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul unilaterally stopped registering vessels originating from Ukrainian ports to form an inspection plan.
Instead, the Russians created their own list, choosing ships from the queue at their discretion. As a result, for the second time an inspection plan has not been drawn up, and not a single vessel has been inspected, which threatens the work of the Grain Initiative.
“In this way, the Russian Federation is trying to establish control over the number of ships in the loaded fleet and the directions of its work, which violates international norms and provisions of the Grain Initiative. This is another attempt to dictate its policy to the whole world, endanger food security and use food as a weapon,” the department emphasized.