Georgy Muradov, the so-called Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea controlled by Kremlin claimed that Russia does not support sanctions regime against Syria so countries can “freely cooperate”.
The agency noted that due to the military actions, Syria suffers from the lack of the wheat, Western traders refused to work with President Bashar al-Assad.
The number of ships supplied the grain from Crimea to Syria port Tartus where Russian military-marine base is located. Other shipments were sent to Lebanon and later redirected to Syria.
However, the Syrian authorities cannot pay money for Crimean grain so they pay with olive oil and vegetables.
According to Reuters, Crimea gathers about 1.4 million tons of the grain per year, including 1 million ton of the export potential. In 2018 the harvest in the annexed peninsula can reduce due to the drought.
Ukraine thinks that the supplies from Crimea violate the western sanctions and filed the complaint to the International Maritime Organization based in London.
Earlier Ukraine asked the member countries of the International Maritime Organization not to recognize the illegal actions of Russia in the waters of the Black Sea.