points warning to EU neighbors

37 points warning to EU neighbors

The Ukrainian chief says he intends to guarantee that “European unity” works

Kiev will reply if EU international locations determine to impose unilateral restrictions on Ukrainian grain in contravention of choices made in Brussels, President Vladimir Zelensky has stated.

On Friday, the European Fee opted to not lengthen a ban on deliveries of Ukrainian wheat, maize, rapeseed, and sunflower seeds to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia. The curbs, which had been launched in Might, expired on September 15.

Whereas the Bulgarian authorities supported the transfer, the opposite 4 EU member states stated they’d now introduce restrictions at nationwide stage because of the want to guard their agricultural industries.

Zelensky wrote on Telegram that he had talked to European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen on the cellphone, telling her that he was “deeply grateful” to her for “protecting her phrase and sustaining the principles of the free market.”

The choice by Brussels to not lengthen the ban “is an instance of true unity and belief between Ukraine and the EU. Europe at all times wins when the principles work and the treaties are fulfilled,” he stated.

Nonetheless, the Ukrainian chief added that “now it’s vital [to make sure] European unity additionally works on a bilateral stage; that the neighbors help Ukraine” amid its battle with Russia.

If Poland, Hungary, Romania or Slovakia make choices that “violate EU legislation, Ukraine will reply in a civilized manner,” Zelensky warned, with out specifying the countermeasures to which Kiev could resort to guard its pursuits.

After studying in regards to the ruling by the European Fee on Friday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated Warsaw would “lengthen the ban on Ukrainian grain. We received’t take heed to Berlin, von der Leyen… as a result of it’s within the curiosity of the Polish farmers.”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban introduced an analogous plan, saying he was making ready for “a severe combat in Brussels” over the grain challenge.

Warsaw and Budapest have vigorously resisted deliveries of Ukrainian grain, regardless of having fairly reverse views on the battle between Moscow and Kiev. Poland has been one of many essential backers of Ukraine within the EU, offering the nation with weapons and insisting on more and more harsh measures in opposition to Russia, whereas the Hungarian authorities have constantly criticized the bloc’s sanction on Moscow as ineffective, and demand on a diplomatic answer to the disaster.

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