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EU Says Poland, Hungary Halts on Ukraine Grain 'Unacceptable' | Bloomberg |

Kyiv's eastern neighbors had agreed that grain from the war-torn country could be transshipped through their territory after Russia blockaded Ukraine's Black Sea ports for months following the February 2022 invasion. Exports from Ukraine's Odesa-region ports resumed in August but remain below usual levels. 

Although the grain was supposed to be shipped on from Europe to Africa and the Middle East, logistical bottlenecks meant some supplies started to pile up in eastern Europe. 

In a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen this month, Bulgaria and four EU states adjacent to Ukraine pushed for the bloc to increase financial support to farmers, consider buying the surplus grain for humanitarian aid or even restrict imports from Ukraine. 

"If current market trends continued, that would cause serious damage to Hungarian agriculture," Hungarian Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy said on Saturday. Ukraine's lower-cost agriculture is undercutting Hungarian producers of poultry, eggs, honey, grain and oilseeds, he said.

Hungary called on the European Union to reconsider "the full duty-free treatment of Ukrainian goods and the functioning of the solidarity corridors."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 16th, 2023 at 06:16:46 PM EST
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