Ukraine’s Finance Minister Serhii Marchenko welcomed the deal reached between the European Union and Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia to settle the dispute over the import of Ukrainian grain products and some foods.
Grain exports from Ukraine continue on the basis of the deal on safe transport corridors through the Black Sea, which is in force until May 18. At present, Russia does not intend to participate in the deal in the future, as it does not cover duty-free exports of its grain and fertilizers.
Marchenko also stated that blocking Ukrainian imports would harm not only Ukraine, but also the Middle East and Africa, a BNR reporter reported.
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine announced that last night it delivered protest notes to representatives of Poland and the European Union, in which the restriction of the import of Ukrainian cereals is described as categorically unacceptable. They claim that there is a legal basis for the immediate resumption of exports of Ukrainian agricultural goods to Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria, as well as for the continuation of exports to other EU member states that have been disrupted.
In Ukraine, the exercises and preparations of the military continue before the expected counter-offensive.
Meanwhile, Russian-backed authorities in the annexed Kherson region reported massive artillery fire by Ukraine’s armed forces on the southern town of Nova Kakhovka.
Source : BNR