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Ambassador of Ukraine in Poland: grain dispute will not affect Kyiv-Warsaw relations

30.09.2023 10:00
Ambassador of Ukraine to Poland Vasyl Zvarych believes that the dispute between the two countries regarding restrictions on Ukrainian agricultural products will not affect bilateral relations, and the parties are ready to resolve it, the Ukrainska Pravda website reports.  
Wasyl Zwarycz, ambasador Ukrainy w RP
Wasyl Zwarycz, ambasador Ukrainy w RPPAP/Tomasz Gzell

Tensions between Poland and Ukraine have emerged since Kyiv launched legal action against the Polish state, Hungary, and Slovakia over their unilateral bans on grain exports, which it considers to be a "violation of their international obligations."

Referring to the issue of grain, the ambassador of Ukraine to Poland, Vasyl Zvarych said: “There is nothing that could disturb or undermine the strong foundation of our friendship and brotherhood with Poland because Polish and Ukrainian societies guard these relations."

He added: "These discussions that are currently taking place in the economic sphere are only a small part of what is happening in relations between Ukraine and Poland. And the vast majority of matters are developing very positively”.

In his opinion, solving the grain dispute requires, first of all, goodwill to all for constructive dialogue. Zvarych believes that both Ukraine and Poland have it and recalls the last conversation between the ministers of agriculture of both countries.

"I hope that we will be able to reach an agreement and the issue of Ukrainian grain will not divide us. And we will only cooperate to develop a common mechanism of action today and in the future," said the Ukrainian ambassador to Poland.

On Wednesday, Poland’s Agriculture Minister Robert Telus held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Solskyi and said afterward that Ukraine would consider dropping its lawsuit against Poland at the World Trade Organisation over the grain import ban.

Telus also said Poland would consider Ukraine’s proposals that Kyiv license its grain exports to Poland and that the checks on the grain coming out of Ukraine be held in German ports, rather than on the Polish-Ukrainian border, Polish state PAP news agency reported.


SOURCE: IAR, PAP, pravda.com.ua