Its personal bumper harvest prevents Warsaw from accepting its neighbor’s grain, official in command of commerce hyperlinks with Kiev explains
Poland isn’t going to obtain and retailer Ukrainian grain as a result of Warsaw is placing the pursuits of its personal farmers first, Jadwiga Emilewicz, the Polish state secretary for growth co-operation with Ukraine, has instructed the Financial Times.
Despite being certainly one of Kiev’s principal backers amid its battle with Moscow, Poland is at present among the many international locations pushing the EU to prolong its ban on Ukrainian wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seeds, which was imposed in May, till the top of the 12 months.
Warsaw wants to safeguard Polish farmers earlier than serving to these from Ukraine, identical to airplane safety guidelines state that “it is the mother who has to put on the [oxygen] mask first and then the kid’s,” Emilewicz stated, explaining Poland’s stance.
The state secretary additionally complained in regards to the lack of progress by the US on fulfilling Joe Biden’s pledge to construct extra grain silos within the international locations bordering Ukraine.
“Biden made this promise publicly … but when we started to ask about it [during a visit to Washington in July], no one in the [US] administration was ready to answer the question,” she stated.
During a speech in Philadelphia in June 2022, the US chief stated that “we’re going to build silos, temporary silos in the borders of Ukraine, including in Poland. So we can transfer [grain] from those cars into those silos into cars in Europe and get it out into the ocean, and get it out across the world.” However, Biden pressured that the venture was “taking time.”
According to Emilewicz, Poland is at present in a “very fruitful harvest period, the capacity of Polish silos and the storage system is definitely not enough to absorb Ukrainian grain, sunflower and other goods.”
The solely factor Warsaw can do for Kiev is enable for “more transportation” of Ukrainian grain by means of its territory, offered that it’s going to worldwide markets, she stated.
Poland additionally desires the EU to agree to a brand new subsidy of round 30 euros per ton of Ukrainian grain that transits through Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, the politician identified.
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Emilewicz insisted that “some extra money is necessary” as it’s costlier to transport cargo by rail or street than by sea routes, which stay closed for Ukrainian grain because the collapse of the Black Sea grain deal in July.
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