‘stunned’ at Ukrainian response to grain ban

37 ‘stunned’ at Ukrainian response to grain ban

Agriculture commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski says the bloc will take acceptable measures in response to Kiev’s WTO grievance

European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski has stated he was stunned by Ukraine’s resolution to file a grievance with the World Commerce Group (WTO) towards Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. The three EU states broke ranks with Brussels by refusing to raise embargoes on the import of Ukrainian agricultural merchandise.

“I used to be fairly stunned that Ukraine selected this path, given the big efforts that the Member States have made to this point,” stated Wojciechowski, talking at a press convention in Brussels on Monday. 

He stated that it will be “very simple” to indicate that Kiev had not suffered any injury to its grain export volumes, including that regardless of the embargo by the three EU states, Ukraine’s grain shipments have elevated.

Nonetheless, the commissioner careworn that he hopes the EU and Ukraine will be capable to resolve the difficulty “via dialogue and mutual settlement” and that he stays “optimistic” that such dialogue will happen. He additionally famous that Brussels doesn’t presently intend to introduce any sanctions towards the international locations which have retained import bans on Ukrainian grain.

Wojciechowski’s feedback come after Kiev introduced on Monday that it is going to be suing Poland, Hungary and Slovakia within the WTO over their unilateral grain bans, and in flip, will take a look at imposing retaliatory commerce restrictions.

The three international locations selected to maintain their embargoes in place regardless of Brussels opting to raise restrictions on Ukrainian wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower shipments final week. Officers in Budapest, Warsaw and Bratislava have argued that low cost Ukrainian agricultural merchandise undercut home costs and threaten the livelihoods of native farmers. 

Kiev, nevertheless, has warned that it’ll sue any EU nation that decides to ban its grain in contravention of selections made in Brussels. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has careworn that it’s “essential to verify European unity works on a bilateral stage” and that “neighbors help Ukraine” within the battle with Russia.

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