Despite their reluctance, five Eastern European countries accepted the agreement on Ukrainian grain

Ships loading Ukrainian grains (REUTERS/Umit Bektas) (UMIT BEKTAS/)

The European Commission announced this Friday that Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia accepted, despite their reluctance, to extend the suspension of tariffs and duties on Ukrainian grain imported by the European Union (EU).

The Commission “reached an agreement in principle with Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia on agricultural products from Ukraine”indicated on Twitter the Commissioner for Commerce, the Latvian Valdis Dombrovskis.

After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Brussels agreed with Kiev to suspend duties and tariffs on grain from Ukraine, one of the world’s leading grain producers and whose fragile economy depends on this sector.

However, in mid-April, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria They banned imports of grain and other agricultural products from Ukraine, sparking tensions with the European Commission, which directs the trade policy of EU countries.

The agreement reached on Friday “must preserve Ukraine’s export capacity so that it continues to feed the world and the livelihoods of our farmers”, highlighted the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Twitter.

The tensions between kyiv, Brussels and several eastern European governments came just weeks before the Ukraine-Russia deal to export grain across the Black Sea expires on May 18. Its renewal is uncertain.

(With information from AFP)

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