Ukraine sues Poland, Hungary and Slovakia over grain embargoes: EU countries react
Ukraine files a lawsuit with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia. The reason is the refusal to lift the ban on imports of Ukrainian agricultural products. In response, these three countries announced that they would stop participating in the Ukrainian grain coordination platform in Brussels. In addition, Ukraine may have to file a lawsuit against Romania, which also decided to extend the embargo for 30 days.
Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economy and Trade Representative of Ukraine, announced the plans to file lawsuits in an interview with Politico. "It is important to prove that these actions are legally wrong. That's why tomorrow we will start lawsuits," he said.
Kachka added that Ukraine is also preparing to retaliate against the export of Polish fruits and vegetables. The state will sue Poland, Hungary and Slovakia in the WTO, not through its own trade agreement with the EU (European Union).
As a reminder, these 3 countries opposed the European Commission's decision to allow the sale of Ukrainian grain in the EU on September 15. Poland, Hungary and Slovakia have announced that they will impose their own bans on Ukrainian grain exports following the European Commission's decision.
"In our eyes, these measures by Hungary and Poland are a statement of complete distrust of the European Commission," the trade representative emphasized. He emphasized that the disobedience of these countries to the EU was not only an internal matter of the bloc, but also caused what he called "the biggest systemic concern" - whether international trading partners can trust what Brussels says on behalf of the EU.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Kachka said that the Polish government's actions regarding Ukrainian grain are wrong, unlawful and harmful to Polish, Ukrainian and all EU farmers. In fact, the neighboring country is trying to block the access of the Ukrainian agro-industrial complex to the European market for a long time.