The occupying “authorities” admitted that part of the exported wheat was taken from occupied Zaporozhye.
By 2022, Russia has increased wheat exports from the annexed Crimea to Syria by 17 times – to more than half a million tons. This is confirmed by data from Refinitiv, Reuters reports on Monday, December 19.
This volume makes up about one-third of the country’s total grain imports, the newspaper notes.
In addition, by the end of November this year, Syria imported about 501.8 thousand tons of wheat from Sevastopol, while 28.2 thousand tons were imported from Crimea throughout 2021, the media added.
Shipments have been received since May, and the largest monthly batch of 78.6 thousand tons fell in October. They usually move to the ports of Latakia and Tartus in Syria aboard three Syrian ships.
The US Treasury Department reports that the ships – Laodicea, Phenicia and Suria – belong to the state of the Syrian General Directorate of Maritime Transport. These vessels have been under US sanctions since 2015 for their likely role in the Syrian conflict.
The occupying “authorities” established by Russia agree that part of the grain was taken from occupied Zaporozhye via Crimea, but they deny allegations of grain theft.
The Ukrainian embassy in Beirut, which monitors shipments entering Syria, believes 500,000 tons of stolen Ukrainian grain has arrived in Syria since the invasion from several ports.
It should be noted that during the mass invasion, the Russian invaders collected and removed from the occupied territories Ukrainian wheat for at least one billion dollars.
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