Polish PM to block Ukrainian grain imports

Polish PM to block Ukrainian grain imports

POLISH Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has stated that Poland will not allow Ukrainian grain into his country’s market.

This announcement comes as the European Union discussed whether to continue restricting Ukrainian grain imports.

On Tuesday, the Office of the Polish Prime Minister announced that the country will continue to ban imports of grain from Ukraine even if the European Union does not extend its embargo beyond Sept 15.

This ban concerns the imports of four agricultural products: wheat, corn, rapeseed, and sunflower seeds.

Morawiecki made it clear that the interest of Polish farmers comes first, and they won’t allow cheap Ukrainian products to harm their agriculture industry.

In a video address he posted on social media earlier this week, the Polish Prime Minister said,

“The EU is now considering whether to maintain the embargo. I’ll tell you how it ends. Poland will not allow Ukrainian grain to flood us. Regardless of what the decision of Brussels officials will be, we will not open the border,” according to  Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland.

He emphasized that Poland will maintain this stance regardless of the EU’s decision.

The European Parliament is set to debate the expiration of the EU’s ban on importing Ukrainian grain in several Eastern European countries, including Poland.

This ban was put in place earlier, essentially agreeing with the individual bans imposed by these nations.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has expressed disappointment, calling it a betrayal of “European values” if the EU doesn’t lift the ban as promised.

In response, Ukraine intends to seek arbitration at the World Trade Organization.

The dispute has its roots in the EU’s initial support for Ukraine during its conflict with Russia by lifting quotas and tariffs on Ukrainian exports.

However, this backfired, leading to protests by local farmers in Eastern European countries who faced tough competition from Ukrainian imports.

While the ban prevented Ukrainian grain from entering these markets, it allowed for the transit of these goods through their territories.

However, transportation costs affected the profits of companies that own Ukrainian farms.

A study by the Oakland Institute called: War and Theft: The Takeover of Ukraine’s Agricultural Land, revealed that foreign interests, either directly or through foreign-registered companies managed by local oligarchs, control much of Ukraine’s farmland.

 

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