“The unfriendly action of neighboring countries that are members of the European Union (EU) against us is contrary to international norms on trade relations. The decisions of some neighboring countries violate the rules of the International Trade Organization and the EU,” Fedor Venislavsky, special representative of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, member of the Verkhovna Rada, told Report while commenting on the suspension of grain supplies from Ukraine by Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.
He believes that Ukraine will use all legal mechanisms for the free supply of its products to the EU and other countries: “We understand that many decisions of our partners from the West bordering Ukraine are related to the political processes in those countries. For example, farmers in these countries are protesting because they are losing supply markets. Agricultural products of Ukraine are cheaper and of better quality. Thus, the politicians of these countries are obliged to appeal to their voters. But Ukraine is working in this direction. Ukraine mainly supplies agricultural goods, including grain products, through the land corridor. But we are gradually restoring the sea route. Russia has also lost its potential in the Black Sea thanks to the successful actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Therefore, in my opinion, Ukraine will increase exports through ports on the Black Sea. However, Russia is currently trying to prevent it. For example, this country attacks civilian facilities and port infrastructure. Russia uses the blockade of its ports on the Black Sea and the blocking of supplies as a weapon in the international arena. On the other hand, it wants to weaken Ukraine. But in my opinion, the issue related to the export of Ukrainian products will be gradually resolved.”