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Poland to keep ban on Ukrainian grain import

Poland to keep ban on Ukrainian grain import Photo: Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland, Czesław Siekierski (wiadomosci onet pl)

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland, Czesław Siekierski, stated that the ban on importing Ukrainian grain into his country would remain in effect until corresponding rules are developed at the EU level, according to the post of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Poland on X.

"The borders will not be opened, the embargo on Ukrainian products is indefinite - until it is lifted. I support the demands of Rolnicza 12, which, however, should be adapted to the law in force in Poland - including the EU law," he said.

Siekierski noted that there are currently important negotiations with protesting farmers to work out the best solutions.

"However, legal sanctioning of all requirements takes time. There is no reason to believe that what I promised will not be fulfilled," he emphasized.

Poland-Ukraine border blockade

Since November 2023, Polish carriers have been blocking checkpoints on the border with Ukraine, significantly complicating the movement of trucks.

Strikers demand that the European Union revoke the "transport visa-free" policy with Ukraine and revert to the permit system. However, fulfilling such conditions is impossible.

In Poland, it was expected that the border blockade could be lifted by the end of 2023, but it did not happen.

Today on January 4, farmers were going to resume protests at the Medyka-Shehyni checkpoint.

Read more about the current situation on the Polish-Ukrainian border in the RBC-Ukraine's material "Polish farmers resume protest at Medyka-Shehyni checkpoint: What's happening on border"