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Ukraine may ban food import from Poland: the situation is escalating

Oleksandr LytvynNews
Poles block the border of Ukraine
Following the carriers, farmers decided to block the border

Ukraine may ban the import of food from the neighboring country due to the blockade of its borders by Polish farmers. This may be a response to deteriorating relations and protests .

Ukraine may introduce trade barriers for Polish goods, a source in the Ukrainian government told Forbes. "I would like us to avoid this, but we are now at the lowest point, and if this continues, it will have to be done," the official said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The country's leadership is indeed discussing such a possibility, Mykola Solskyi, Ukraine's Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, confirmed to Forbes. "We are in favor of a constructive approach, but, of course, we will be ready to respond," he says. According to him, the decision can be made within two weeks. "Let's see what happens," he added. Solskyi refused to provide more details. "This is a delicate topic, there is nothing to comment on," he explained.

On February 16, Solskyi met with Polish Agriculture Minister Czeslaw Siekierski, the press service of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture told Forbes. However, he refused to provide details.

Polish farmers are preparing for a complete ban on Ukrainian transportation

Ukrainian carriers have decided to protest after Polish farmers announced that they will block the border between Ukraine and Poland starting February 20. They want to block not only all border crossings between the two countries but also access roads to railway transshipment stations and seaports.

Polish carriers may resume their strike as early as March 1. Ukraine is already actively negotiating to prevent this from happening.

Polish farmers have already expanded the blockade to the Korczowa-Krakovets checkpoint. In total, six checkpoints are blocked, including Korczowa-Krakovets, Zosin-Ustiług, Uhryniv-Dołhobyczow, Medyka-Shehyni, Yahodyn-Dorohusk and Hrebenne-Rava-Ruska.

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