A Ukrainian farmer displays wheat grains with a stone outside a crop storage that was destroyed by a Russian military strike, near the frontline town of Orikhiv in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukrain
Ukraine is gearing up to take legal action against Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia following their unilateral bans on Ukrainian agricultural products, Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky said on Monday.
These actions have caused significant tensions, as they come in the wake of the European Commission's decision not to extend its ban on imports into Ukraine's neighboring EU countries.
Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary recently imposed restrictions on Ukrainian grain imports, citing the protection of their local farmers and economic interests.
These actions were taken after the European Commission allowed its ban on Ukrainian agricultural imports into neighboring EU countries to expire.
The move by these Eastern European nations has strained diplomatic relations and prompted Ukraine to consider legal recourse.
“It is important to prove that these actions are legally wrong. And that’s why we will start legal proceedings tomorrow," Kachka said.
Kachka added; "We would be forced to retaliate on the additional products, and would prohibit the import of fruit and vegetables from Poland.”
The ban on Ukrainian agricultural exports has significant implications for Ukraine's economy, as it was once a leading global grain exporter. However, the 2022 Russian invasion severely impacted its ability to ship agricultural produce via Black Sea ports.
The overflow of grains into neighbouring countries has led to governments banning Ukrainian agricultural imports, causing financial strain on Ukrainian farmers. Additionally, this dispute has raised concerns about European solidarity and unity, with Spain and France expressing their reservations about the bans.
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