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    Poland Refuses to Open its Borders to Ukrainian Grain Imports

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    Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declares that regardless of Brussels’ decision on Ukrainian grain imports, Poland will keep its borders closed to protect its farmers and consumers.

    In a bold stance, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Tuesday (September 12) that Poland will not open its borders to Ukrainian grain imports, regardless of the decision made by Brussels officials.

    In a short video message, Morawiecki emphasized Poland’s history of helping its neighbors but stated that when it comes to defending Polish interests, it’s the Law and Justice government that ensures the protection of its farmers’ interests.

    “We say ‘no’ to destabilizing and harming the Polish agricultural market for consumers and producers. Our firm stance led to the suspension of Ukrainian grain imports into the EU common market,” Morawiecki declared. He also stressed that “now the EU is considering whether to maintain this embargo.”

    The import ban on Ukrainian wheat, corn, rapeseed, and sunflower seeds to Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia was initially imposed by the European Commission in early May as part of an agreement with these countries regarding Ukrainian agricultural products. Initially set to expire on June 5, the ban was extended until September 15. Transit of grains through the territories of the so-called frontline states remains permissible.

    Poland’s resolute position underscores its commitment to safeguarding its agricultural sector and the interests of its farmers and consumers, even in the face of broader EU decisions.

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