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Ministers of Ukraine and Poland held talks on grain: Solskyi reveals details and tells what's next

Kseniya KapustynskaLife
Solskyi spoke about the grain negotiations between Ukraine and Poland
Solskyi spoke about the grain negotiations between Ukraine and Poland

Ukraine's Minister of Agrarian Policy Mykola Solskyi held talks on the grain issue with his Polish counterpart Robert Telus, and another conversation has already been scheduled. Following the dialog, Solskyi called for resolving the grain conflict exclusively in the economic sphere and "not to go beyond that."

The parties discussed the details of Ukraine's proposal to control exports. Solskyi spoke about this in a telethon on September 22.

"Yesterday (September 21 - Ed.) I had a conversation with my Polish colleague. I detailed certain points of the proposal we sent. I heard Mr. Robert's arguments. We also discussed some other details. For example, we have a position that the latest list - which includes rapeseed meal and flour - should return to the format agreed with the European Commission," the Minister said.

According to him, the next conversation with Telus has already been scheduled. It is to take place on Wednesday morning, September 27, as the Polish minister is scheduled to visit the Czech Republic at the beginning of the week.

"Why am I talking about such detailed things? Because we need to talk about the economy first and foremost and not go beyond this issue, in my opinion. This is normal... My Polish colleagues and I, our peoples, have always demonstrated maximum solidarity. And, obviously, we all expect it to continue. And the economy is the economy. This is not the first and not the last discussion... We shouldn't be afraid of this, we should prepare and study for it," Solskyi said.

He also added that this week's grain talks were held not only with Poland, but also with Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. Solskyi called the results of these talks "positive". Next week, technical details will continue to be agreed upon.

Trade disputes will increase - what Ukraine should prepare for

The Minister explained that the closer Ukraine gets to joining the European Union, the more frequent trade disputes will become. "It should be understood that the number of economic discussions will increase as we get closer to the EU. And we need to develop immunity to these discussions, to be reasonable and pragmatic," the minister emphasized.

According to him, there are constant discussions on agricultural issues at EU meetings, as it is a democratic union of countries. And Ukraine should learn how to conduct such discussions professionally.

"Each country has its own farmers, its own processors, its own interests, which are considered national and sometimes contradict the interests of other EU members... This should not be surprising, it should not be taken personally. We need to constantly defend our interests professionally. We will get used to it," Solskyi said.

As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the day before, Polish President Andrzej Duda called for a "golden mean" in the grain dispute with Ukraine. He also said that he was ready to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy one-on-one.

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