A number of European countries insist on extending the ban on grain from Ukraine: who spoke out against
Poland, Hungary and Slovakia insist on extending the ban on grain in Ukraine. At the same time, a number of countries like France, Germany and Austria do not support this decision.
According to Bloomberg sources, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia continue to push for the continuation of the ban on grain imports from Ukraine until the end of the year, warning of disruptions in domestic markets. Even though Bulgaria expressed concern, it remained flexible at the meeting of EU ambassadors on September 6.
Another official said Romania would not seek a unilateral ban. Bulgaria will push for an extension of the ban on sunflower, unrefined oil and milk powder, but not on wheat, Agriculture Minister Kirill Vatev said.
Thirteen member states, including France, Germany and Austria, do not support an extension, the sources said. Poland and Hungary also propose to transfer financial support directly to Ukrainian exporters, which France disagrees with, they added.
Ukraine has warned that it will challenge any extension of the grain import ban to an arbitration panel. It has relied on export channels to its EU neighbors after Russia pulled out of a grain deal that allowed exports through its Black Sea ports. Poland banned imports in April after demonstrations by farmers who complained the influx of grain had depressed their prices, followed by the other four border countries.
Earlier, First Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko said that Ukrainian grain is being exported through Croatian ports. According to her, this trade route, although niche, is already popular.
"Ukrainian grain has already gone for export through Croatian ports. Thank you for this opportunity. This trade route, although niche, is already popular. We are ready to develop it by expanding the possibilities of the transportation corridor. We believe that this logistics route will play an important role in bilateral trade between our countries after the war as well," she said.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Ukraine launched an alternative route of maritime exports from the Black Sea ports. Ships enter the territorial waters of Romania and Bulgaria right away and then move to their destination. Theoretically, such a route could replace the "grain deal".