A Turkish freighter has been loaded with grain from the Ukrainian port of Mariupol after negotiations between Ankara and Moscow.
In May, after fierce fighting, it fell into the hands of Russian troops and pro-Russian East Ukrainian militias. The ship, the Azov Concord, is the first foreign cargo ship to leave port since then, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.
A Turkish delegation had gone to Moscow to discuss grain exports from Ukrainian ports. The war in Ukraine has made shipping to and from that country virtually impossible.
Turkey has good relations with Ukraine and Russia and is trying to negotiate through negotiations to persuade the warring parties to allow exports of, for example, wheat from Ukraine across the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. Ankara also tries to mediate the fight.