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Kiev, Ankara & UN Approve Traffic of 16 Vessels in Black Sea on Monday - JCC

Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations have agreed on the traffic route for 16 vessels in the Black Sea on October 31 under the Black Sea Grain Initiative, commonly known as the grain deal, the Istanbul-based Joint Coordination Center (JCC) said.

"...the Ukrainian, Turkish and United Nations delegations agreed on a movement plan for tomorrow 31 October for the maritime humanitarian corridor of 14 vessels, 12 outbound and 2 inbound. The UN delegation, in its capacity as JCC Secretariat, has informed the delegation of the Russian Federation on the movements in accordance with the JCC established procedures," the JCC said in a Sunday statement.

In a later update, the JCC said that the movement plan for two more ships was agreed upon, bringing the total number of vessels to 16 (12 outbound and 4 inbound).

A total of nine vessels transited the maritime humanitarian corridor under the grain deal on Saturday, according to the JCC.

"Yesterday, 29 October, five outbound vessels safely transited the maritime humanitarian corridor under the Black Sea Grain Initiative," the JCC said on Sunday, adding that "in addition, four inbound vessels transited safely the corridor yesterday and reached their respective ports."

A Russian source told reporters on Sunday that the decisions made by Kiev, Ankara and the United Nations on the movement of ships under the grain deal do not oblige Russia to do anything.

On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Russia was suspending its participation in the grain deal following Ukraine's drone attack targeting vessels of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.

[Source: Sputnik, Moscow, 31Oct22]

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