Volodymyr Zelensky announced the details of the talks with the President of the European Council on Twitter.
“We discussed banning the import of Ukrainian agricultural products by several neighboring countries. I expressed deep concern about such decisions and stressed that these measures are a flagrant violation of the Association Agreement and the founding treaties of the European Union,” he wrote on Friday.
“I called for a solution to this situation, taking into account EU law, the Association Agreement and the interests of all parties,” he added.
Grain Crisis Agreement
Later on Friday, the European Commission said it had reached an agreement with Poland and four other countries that raised the Ukrainian grain issue. The agreement provides for an obligation to withdraw from unilateral trade-restrictive measures imposed by Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Hungary.
On the other hand, the Election Commission has agreed to introduce safeguard measures in respect of import of four grains and cereals namely wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seeds. Also, a 100 million euro program will be launched to support farmers in five countries facing a grain crisis.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed her hope that the deal reached “protects both Ukraine’s export capacity so that it can continue to feed the world and the livelihoods of our farmers.”
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