Kyiv has often accused Russia of stealing Ukrainian crops from areas it occupies, for domestic consumption or to sell them abroad illegally.
A Lebanese prosecutor on Saturday ordered the seizure of a Syrian-flagged ship docked at a port in the north of the country with a cargo of Ukrainian grain.STOLE“, according to the kyiv embassy in Beirut.
Ukrainian authorities often accuse Russia of stealing Ukrainian crops from areas it occupies, for domestic consumption or to sell them abroad illegally.
Protests and warnings
In Beirut, prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat ordered the police to investigate the case of the ship “Laodicea“Anchored in the port of Tripoli, in northern Lebanon, a justice official told AFP.
The Ambassador of Ukraine to Lebanon, Ihor Ostash, announced on Thursday that he met the Lebanese President Michel Aoun and discussed “the entry of a ship into Syria (…) illegally loaded with barley from the occupied Ukrainian territories“.
On Friday, Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib announced on his Twitter account that he received “several protests and warnings from many Western countries after the arrival of a Syrian-flagged ship full of flour and barley.“.
According to initial information, the director of the charter company is Turkish, while the goods belong to a Syrian merchant, the justice official said, adding that part of the cargo should be unloaded in Lebanon and the rest in Syria.
A customs official told AFP on Friday that after verification, “the papers of the goods are good and that there is no evidence that they arrived in Lebanon stolen“.
The incident comes in a country in the midst of an economic collapse and suffering from a wheat shortage. Lebanese are lining up for bags of subsidized bread, as the country imports 80% of its wheat from Ukraine.
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