Since December 2016 the vessel FOM has been loading the products of the Crimean Soda Plant in the port of Sevastopol on a regular basis, and then delivering large quantities of soda ash to the port of Damietta in Egypt, according to the investigation review, published on the Peacemaker website.
“The ship FOM regularly exports the products of the Crimean Soda Plant from Sevastopol to the port of Damietta (Egypt), today the vessel with 2 thousand tons of soda ash produced in the occupied territory, is on the way to the port of destination.”
It is noted that the vessel FOM (sailing under the flag of Panama) was listed among the violators of the Ukrainian border on February 27, 2015, when it entered the port of Sevastopol for the first time since the temporary occupation of the Ukrainian Crimea by the troops of the aggressor country.
“Since December 2016 the ship FOM has started monthly visits on a regular basis to the port of Sevastopol, closed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for ship calls, and at the terminal "Southern Sebastopol" in Kamyshovaya bay it is loaded with soda ash produced by the Crimean soda plant. Each delivery of large quantities of soda ash at the port of Damietta, Egypt, is carried out without documenting under Ukrainian regulations.”
The Peacemaker alleged that the soda delivered by the vessel FOM is not consumed in Egypt, but packed in containers and transported to other places. The investigation stressed:
“We have information that indirectly points to one of the EU countries as a consumer of this product, which is expressly banned by US sanctions.”
At the same time, it is noted that the Egyptian government is aware of this situation, "which certainly goes beyond business and affects international relations."
Earlier, QHA reported that on June 19, 2017, the EU Council introduced restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until June 23, 2018.