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Poland will block the export of Ukrainian grain if the European Commission does not extend the embargo

12 Sep, 2023
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Poland will block the export of Ukrainian grain if the European Commission does not extend the embargo

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In case the European Commission does not extend the ban on importing Ukrainian grain, Poland will independently make a decision. The Minister of Development and Technology, Waldemar Buda, made this statement in an interview with Polish Radio.

"We cannot allow Ukrainian grain to enter Poland immediately after harvest. Polish farmers are a priority. They should be selling Polish grain and getting a reasonable price for it. If there is no decision from the EU to extend the export embargo on Ukrainian grain, then there will be a decision from the Polish side," the minister stated.

Buda emphasized that this decision will only affect exports to Poland.

"If someone wants to pass through Poland, load grain onto a ship, and export it, there will be no problems," he added.

The EU ban on importing grain from Ukraine into five neighboring countries has been in effect since May 2 and is scheduled to end on September 15. Currently, negotiations are underway within the EU regarding the extension of this embargo.

Minister Waldemar Buda emphasized that the Polish government cannot allow Ukrainian grain to enter Poland immediately after harvest because local farmers are a priority, and they should be able to sell their grain at a reasonable price.

"If there is no decision from the European Commission to extend the export embargo, then Poland will make the decision. It depends on me whether I issue the appropriate order or block imports to Poland. I will not hesitate to use this tool later this week, either on Friday or Saturday. The draft order is already being prepared," concluded the minister.

The Odessa Journal

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