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POlen's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has referred to as for motion within the European Union in opposition to Russian imports within the dispute over agricultural imports from Ukraine. After a so-called agricultural summit on Thursday with representatives of Polish farmers, he stated: “We will work together to ensure that an embargo is imposed on Russian and Belarusian agricultural products.” Tusk needs to persuade his coalition companions on Friday to introduce a parliamentary decision on this. It is “absolutely unacceptable that we should limit Ukrainian imports while Russian ones flow freely into all of Europe.”

Gerhard Gnauck

Political correspondent for Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania based mostly in Warsaw.

Latvia's Prime Minister Evika Siliņa Tusk had beforehand reported in Warsaw that her nation had already imposed such an embargo. According to the European Commission, grain imports to the Union from Russia have roughly doubled in comparison with the typical of the 4 earlier years. In the second half of 2023 they have been a great a million tonnes, most of which went to Italy. The Ukrainian on-line media Ukrainska Pravda reported that there was heavy truck visitors on the Polish-Belarusian border crossing at Kukuryki.

Tusk is searching for European options

For weeks, farmers in Poland have been protesting in opposition to measures, resembling tariff exemption on agricultural merchandise, with which the EU is making an attempt to assist Ukraine, which has been broken by the struggle. The largest border crossings with Ukraine are blocked by demonstrators, as are highways in lots of areas of Poland. According to Kiev, 2,200 vans have been ready to cross to Poland on Friday, with an analogous quantity ready on the Polish aspect. Despite talks between each governments at ministerial degree, the blockades proceed.

Now Tusk, President of the EU Council till 2019, introduced new options into play. They are supposed to free the EU agricultural market “of around 30 million tonnes of grain surplus, of which around nine million are in Poland”. He helps the concept the EU funds the acquisition and transport of grain from European markets “for the benefit of countries in need”.

To get better the agricultural market, Tusk additionally proposed a whole border closure with Ukraine, though this is able to be painful for Polish exporters. Kiev's State Secretary for Economic Affairs Taras Katschka wrote on Facebook: “Stopping a trade that amounts to $11.7 billion a year, even for one day, will be all too painful.” Tusk additionally tried to answer the farmers' demand for the abolition of the “Green Deal”. The laws of this EU undertaking must change into extra versatile and never have a “compulsory character”. Warsaw will draw up an inventory of calls for.