The Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon tweeted:
“The Syrian government argued that the ship was owned by the Ministry of Transport to request the release of the seizure. However, it disredarded the Lebanese law in Article 860 ,which stipulates that it is permissible to seize the property of a foreign country, if it is subject to special laws.”
Inthis case, the ship deals with transporting materials and is subject to the rules of private (maritime) law, which gives us the full right to seizure.
The final goal of the Ukrainian state is to keep flour and grain in Lebanon, but through legal means.”
The Lebanese authorities had announced the seizure of the ship anchored in the port of Tripoli to check its cargo, which Ukraine claims to be grain stolen from its territory. The Lebanese Foreign Ministry revealed that it had received “a number of protests and warnings from a number of Western countries.”