Ukraine wants to convince Poland to abandon the national ban on the import of Ukrainian agricultural goods.
Ukraine will introduce an embargo on a number of products from Poland / photo ua.depositphotos.com
Deputy Minister of Economy – Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka said that in the coming days Ukraine will introduce an embargo on onions, tomatoes, cabbage and apples from Poland.
As the official explained in an interview with a Polish publication Republic, after five months of negotiations, Ukraine has lost hope of settling issues surrounding Ukrainian agricultural products. That is why, on September 18, the Ukrainian government filed a lawsuit with the World Trade Organization against Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. So far, the Ukrainian government has not received Poland’s response.
“The main reason for us is to prove that Poland has no right to introduce such measures. From the very beginning, we did not agree to the export ban. It is important for us to move in the right direction, which means conducting a dialogue with the European Commission as an institution , responsible for international trade. We also have a coordination platform. Poland is involved in this process. Therefore, we have justified expectations that the expiration of the grain export ban, including the measures introduced by Ukraine, will be accepted by all member countries. Thus therefore, this lawsuit is not directed against Poland. It is about the possibility of applying such measures,” Kachka said.
He added that Ukraine decided to choose such a step from the introduction of an embargo on onions, tomatoes, cabbage and apples from Poland in order to convince Warsaw to take a step back and agree to the grain trade licensing mechanism developed in cooperation with the European Union, for which Ukraine will be responsible.
Kaczka emphasized that Kyiv’s efforts are not aimed at worsening relations with Poland, but at developing civilized methods of dispute settlement.
Restrictions on the import of Ukrainian grain
On September 15, the European Commission canceled restrictions on the import of grain from Ukraine to Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. At the same time, the EC noted that Ukraine should take measures to prevent any problems on the market in neighboring member states.
At the same time, on September 15, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary unilaterally introduced a national ban on the import of agricultural goods from Ukraine. In response, Ukraine announced that they would sue these countries.
Ukraine filed a lawsuit at the World Trade Organization against Poland, Slovakia and Hungary due to their refusal to lift the ban on Ukrainian agricultural products.
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