V4 Agri Officials: WTO Case Over Grain Bans 'Unfortunate'

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Ukraine's decision to lodge a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against unilateral restrictions on imports of its farm products is "unfortunate," officials from the farm portfolios of Hungary, Poland and Slovakia said at a Visegrád Group meeting hosted by the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Agriculture said, according to agroinform.hu.

Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia rolled out their own restrictions after a European Union ban on imports of Ukrainian grain to neighboring countries expired on September 15. The ban had been introduced to mitigate a glut of Ukrainian grain in the region after the EU exempted it from customs duties and quotas to expedite deliveries to markets in the Middle East and Africa.

At the V4 farm ministries meeting in Znojmo, officials said the WTO case would only hinder resolving the situation.

Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Mykola Solskyi participated in this meeting, via an online link, at the invitation of the Czech organizers. Hungary was represented at the meeting by State Secretary for Farming and Rural Development Zsolt Feldman.

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