Polish prosecutors announced on Monday (February 12) that they had launched an investigation after Polish farmers blocked a truck coming from Ukraine on Sunday and threw a load of grain destined for the European Union onto the road. Polish peasants wanted to protest their imports, which were perceived as unfair competition from their Ukrainian counterparts.
But this action led to a new crisis between Ukraine and Poland. “Spoiling of Ukrainian grain on the Polish border is unacceptable”He criticized the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, on X.
The Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine announced this in a press release “strongly condemned” there “deliberate destruction” grain that “It has nothing to do with peaceful protests”. “Ukrainian farmers work under constant enemy bombardment and suffer great losses. They pay dearly for their crops, sometimes with their lives.”The Ministry continued.
Farmers rage in Europe
Poland has been one of Ukraine’s biggest supporters since Russia invaded in February 2022, but a row over a unilateral ban on grain imports to Warsaw by the previous government has damaged relations between the allies. In recent days, Polish authorities have raised the possibility of imposing new import bans on Ukrainian agricultural products to protect farmers.
The European Commission announced this on Monday “to be continued” Search “solutions” which will make it possible to maintain “Ukraine’s maximum economic support”Destroyed by two years of war. “We believe that work should be done not at the border, not under pressure, but sitting at the negotiating table.– said Olof Gil, the spokesperson of the commission.
Imports of Ukrainian agricultural products have eased since Russia’s invasion of the country, prompted by farmers who mobilized across Europe earlier this year. In response to the outcry, the European Commission proposed in late January to renew from June the exemption from customs duties enjoyed by agricultural products entering the EU through its union. “protective measures” Limit the volume of the most sensitive products. For certain products – poultry meat, eggs and sugar – a “emergency brake” is planned “stabilization” Imports are on average in 2022 and 2023, at levels at which tariffs will be reimposed, the European executive said.
Source: Le Monde
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