Ukraine appeals to Poland to hold an expert dialogue to discuss the decision to close the borders to its exports
The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, appealed to Poland to re-examine the decision to prevent the export of Ukrainian grain across the Polish border.
“First, Russia thwarted the Black Sea grain initiative, and now it is destroying Ukrainian ports from which grain shipments went to dozens of countries all over the world. Russia wants to cause hunger and a food crisis, and we are doing everything we can to prevent that,” Shmyhal said – in statements, according to what was reported by the Ukrainian news agency “Interfax-Ukrain”.
He added: “We have managed to carry out two sowing operations in very difficult conditions. Ukrainian farmers work even in mined fields. They are harvesting the second crop. We are currently building new logistics facilities on the western border. We have tripled sales of goods across the Danube. We are opening new checkpoints and expanding the capabilities of existing barriers. At this very difficult time, we unfortunately hear statements from our Polish allies that the EU borders for Ukrainian grain will be closed.”
He expressed his gratitude to Poland for the assistance it has provided since the large-scale Russian war, and called for an expert dialogue between the two countries to discuss the decision.
He concluded: “I would like to appeal to our Polish brothers that your support during the Russian war is exceptional. We will never forget this and we will always be grateful for it. You are always the first to support Ukraine. You understand better than anyone else that Ukraine is now a shield that does not allow Russians to enter Europe. Therefore, we urge you not to succumb to slogans and populism. Poles provide assistance to Ukraine and thereby drive Russia into a dead end. We offer you cooperation and a dialogue of experts instead. of slogans and short-term political benefit.