Tuesday, 27 September, 2022
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‘Ukraine a ‘reliable partner’ in UN grain deal’

DUBLIN: Ukraine's ambassador to Ireland said on Saturday her country had proved itself a reliable partner under a  UN-backed deal allowing grain exports as a shipment arrived in the southern Irish port of Foynes.

The vessel, the Panama-flagged Navi Star carrying 33,000 tonnes of grain, arrived in Ireland after leaving southern Ukraine's main port of Odessa two weeks ago.

The shipment was one of the first to leave the war-torn country under a landmark deal struck with Russia and brokered by Turkey and the United Nations, reports AFP.

Ukraine's Ambassador to Ireland, Larysa Gerasko told AFP her country had proved itself a "reliable partner and reliable global grain exporter".

She said the continuation of shipments ultimately "depends on Russia, on Russian actions", adding: "We expect Russia to keep to its commitments under the Black Sea grain initiative."

In Ireland, which is known for its beef and dairy industry, the government in March launched a 12 million euro ($12.04 million) crop-growing scheme as farmers are impacted by supply chain problems caused by the war in Ukraine.

Philip Lynch, a trader with R&H Hall, the Irish grain and feed firm which acquired the shipment said the arrival was "the first step in returning some degree of certainty to the global food supply chain in what remains a volatile situation".