Lebanon releases ship with stolen Ukrainian grain from custody, Kyiv warns Beirut of consequences

4 August, 11:21 PM
Laodicea's arrest went public on July 30 (Photo:REUTERS/Walid Saleh)

Laodicea's arrest went public on July 30 (Photo:REUTERS/Walid Saleh)

A court in Tripoli, Lebanon has released from custody the Syrian cargo ship Laodicea with Ukrainian grain stolen by Russian invasion force, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said on Aug 4.

According to the ministry, the corresponding decision was made despite firm evidence being provided about the origin of the stolen cargo.

Ukraine expressed its "disappointment" with Beirut's decision, and warns of possible consequences, the ministry said.

The ministry said Kyiv has always made every effort to ensure the food security of Lebanon, continuing the export of agricultural products even after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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“This decision actually encourages Russia to continue thefts in the temporarily occupied south part of Ukraine with a sense of impunity,” a foreign ministry statement reads.

“In addition, this decision basically undermines Lebanon’s food security and hurts the relationship with Ukraine as a reliable business partner. We call on the Lebanese side to reverse the decision to release from custody the Laodicea ship and take measures to prevent further attempts to use Lebanon for deals regarding stolen Ukrainian grain.”

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