Poland considers banning grain from Russia: Tusk reveals the position of the authorities

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Poland considers banning grain from Russia: Tusk reveals the position of the authorities

Poland does not rule out a ban on imports of agricultural products, including grain, from Russia. To this end, the country's authorities plan to study the experience of Latvia, which has already imposed a corresponding embargo at the national level.

This was stated by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk after a meeting with his Latvian counterpart, Evika Silina, Bloomberg reports. According to him, Poland will "carefully analyze" the consequences of Latvia's decision to ban the import of Russian food and does not exclude that it will take appropriate steps.

It is noted that Tusk will discuss this issue with protesting Polish farmers at a meeting scheduled for February 29 in Warsaw. The Polish Prime Minister acknowledged that the problem of oversupply and "unequal" competition is related not only to trade with Ukraine but also to imports from Russia and Belarus.

Tusk and Silinia also agreed to "join forces" to convince European leaders to take action against food imports "from the East." Earlier, Latvia had already explicitly demanded a ban on grain imports from Russia to the EU.

Latvia's Minister of Agriculture Armands Krause said that food security in the region can be ensured by importing agricultural products from Ukraine. At the same time, the minister criticized the actions of Polish farmers on the border with Ukraine.

"Everything that is imported from Russia can be imported from Ukraine. In this way (by banning imports from Russia - Ed.) we will support Ukraine, and not help Russia to feed its war machine... Now we have these difficulties on the (Polish - Ed.) border. We fully support Ukraine. From the point of view of the European Union, what is happening on the border is not clear," Krause said.

The Ukrainian side has repeatedly spoken about the need to block supplies from Russia. This was recently mentioned by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

"For some reason, no one is talking about Russian grain entering the European market... For some reason, none of the European farmers are fighting against the grain that is entering the European market in huge volumes. One theme has been promoted that Ukraine is to blame for everything. This understanding exists at the level of these protesters," Kuleba said, referring to the Polish protests and the blockade of Ukraine's border.

As OBOZ.UA reported earlier, Tusk said that the Polish authorities are ready to completely close the border with Ukraine and are negotiating with the Ukrainian side. At the same time, representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine denied that such an issue had been raised at all.

"It is too painful to stop even for a day the trade, which in annual terms amounts to $11.7 billion (and according to Polish statistics, even more). Not to mention transit, which is vital for Ukraine," explained Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economy and Trade Representative of Ukraine.

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