Grain smuggling from Crimea to Northern Cyprus


Crimean grain are illegally exported from the annexed Crimea to Northern Cyprus, and then to the countries of the Middle East and Africa.

This is reported by expert of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs Andrii Klimenko.

“The grain export activity is visible. We know about 25 cases. Half of them, or even more, took place in the Avlita terminal in Sevastopol re-registered in accordance with Russian legislation,” said the expert.

According to him, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya are the further destinations of the grain. “This grain is exported from Crimea to Northern Cyprus i.e. from one unrecognized territory to another one with the same status. Then the grain is sent to Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya — all the problem countries,” added Klimenko.

Earlier the Crimean Office of Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) reported about 51978 tons of agricultural products, including 46811 tons of grain, 5142 tons of sunflowers, 22 tons of lentils and 3 tons of sage, that were exported from Crimea in October this year. At this the Office did not precised the places of destination.

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