The Minister of Agriculture of Ukraine, Mikola Solski, demanded this Monday more security for the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea, after last July Russia will abandon the agreement to facilitate the departure of agricultural products through that maritime route, promoted by the UN and Turkey.
Despite Russia’s abandonment of the pact, Solski pointed out that for the second month Ukraine is “unilaterally” sending its own ships along the Black Sea route, although he acknowledged that the situation “is, without a doubt, complicated” for security reasons.
“We would like to have better security, but we are not just sitting and waiting, and we are trying to export as much grain as possible. But, of course, we look forward to the security situation improving,” said the Minister of Agriculture in a joint statement with his Spanish counterpart. Luis Planas.
Solski made these statements during the meeting of European Union Agriculture Ministers taking place today in Luxembourg, where he is speaking to discuss with the Twenty-Seven the impact of the Russian invasion on the Ukrainian primary sector.
Planas, for his part, considered that kyiv’s point of view is “very realistic” and specified that the European Union supports that perspective.
He also noted that Solski has been discussing the security conditions needed for the development of Ukrainian agricultural exports.
However, when asked whether it is possible to restore the Black Sea agreement in the near future, he responded that it is not in the hands of Ukraine or the community club.
“It is in the hands of Russia,” he asserted, adding that at the moment there are no signs that the pact promoted by the UN and Turkey will be resumed.
Solski also referred to Ukraine’s decision to halt the complaint it had filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.
Those three countries They refused to open their markets to Ukrainian agricultural imports.despite the decision agreed with the European Commission to end this embargo on September 15.
The Ukrainian minister said today that his country is “in the process of negotiating” with Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
“There were elections in Poland and Slovakia recently and, of course, elections interfere with the speed of decision making on those issues too. But the negotiations do not stop for a moment, so they continue,” he commented.
He stressed that it is a “living, ongoing, fluid” process, and that Ukraine will continue to “constantly negotiate” because Warsaw, Budapest and Bratislava are its neighbors and it involves “large volumes” of shipments.
(With information from EFE)