EU-Ukraine Grain Row May Spin Out of Control as Zelensky Threatens WTO Complaint - Analyst
"Tension is really flaring up between Ukraine and its immediate EU neighbors: Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, but also Romania," Mirkovic stressed, adding that "this nasty quarrel between some EU members and Ukraine could rapidly escalate out of control."
"Farmers’ unions in other European countries are protesting against the flood of cheap Ukrainian cereals submerging the markets in the EU, now that the European Commission is forcing the sudden import of extra-European grain to help Ukraine, which can only export a trickle of grain via the Black Sea," he said.
"This crisis between Ukraine and the EU about the cereals exportation is due to the unacceptable attitude of Zelensky, who immediately threatens Poland, that have helped Ukraine most until now, as well as Hungary and Slovakia, with a WTO complaint if important bans are not lifted immediately," he emphasized.
"For the conservative government of [Prime Minister] Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw, the farmers’ vote is essential to remain in power in the coming elections, so Poland will certainly not accept Ukraine's ultimatum and even threatens now to block Ukraine’s admission to the Union," Mirkovic explained.