Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday said any move by the European Union to extend curbs on Ukrainian grain to protect local farmers who fear being undercut, would be unacceptable.
Zelensky said he hoped Europe “will fulfil its obligations” after the current restrictions on Ukrainian grain lapse on September 15.
Last week, Ukraine’s European neighbours urged the EU to extend a grain import ban until the end of the year, amid fears local farmers would suffer due to diverted Ukrainian supplies.
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In June, Brussels agreed to allow Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania to restrict imports of grain from Ukraine through September.
Zelenksy’s statement came after Russia refused to renew a deal allowing the safe passage of grain from Ukrainian ports through the Black Sea.