Optimistic Ukraine: Hopes for progress in negotiations

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Sep.21 - 2023 5:44 PM CET

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Ukraine is optimistic about the progress of discussions with its neighboring countries, primarily Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia, regarding the supervision and recommencement of the export of its agricultural goods.

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Mykola Solskyi, the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, shared this during a national newscast. He mentioned that over the past months, the Ministry has been in talks with Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Poland about the proposed control measures for agricultural exports from Ukraine.

Romania has shown agreement with Ukraine's proposals, offering feedback that Ukraine might consider. Slovakia, too, finds the plan favorable. Solskyi disclosed that by the end of the week, they would provide all necessary clarifications and documents. Following this, they anticipate further queries to finalize the details, a process also underway with Hungary.

Solskyi also touched upon his discussions with his Polish counterpart, Robert Telus. He mentioned that Poland would receive supplementary written materials and would then prepare its questions for a telephonic conversation scheduled for the upcoming Wednesday.

The Hungarian authorities have listened to Ukraine's proposals. Emphasizing the mutual interest, Solskyi pointed out that discussions are primarily centered around four grain crops – wheat, rapeseed, corn, and sunflower. Hungary has shown agreement with this, provided there are further clarifications, Solskyi remarked, hinting that the Hungarian government might want to elucidate this plan to its associations.

When questioned about the timeline for resuming the export of Ukrainian grain, especially to Poland, Solskyi responded that the Polish government aims to expedite the process.

Discussing the possibility of Ukraine retracting its lawsuit from the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Agrarian Minister shared that this topic was also broached with his Polish, Hungarian, and Slovak peers. He proposed that the focus should first be on finalizing the export control measures before delving into other matters.

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