We took note of the statement of the Minister of Agriculture of Poland that his country, as well as Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, support the extension of the ban on the import of Ukrainian grain until the end of 2023.
We consider it categorically unacceptable to continue trade restrictions on the agricultural products import of Ukraine after the ban of the European Commission will expire on September, 15. The intentions to add other categories of Ukrainian products to the list of goods prohibited for import cause complete misunderstanding too.
Such unilateral restrictions do not correspond to the spirit and letter of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU and the EU Single Market principles and norms.
We call on the leadership of the European Union and the participating countries, some of which have received increased financing of relevant sectors from the European budget, to find a balanced solution based on the EU legislation and the Association Agreement. It is possible to counter the challenges caused by Russian aggression against Ukraine and strengthen the EU Single Market only in the spirit of solidarity.