“We believe that sanctions should be imposed immediately on Russian agricultural products,” said Andrzej Sadoś, Poland’s permanent representative to the EU, according to the Polish Press Agency.
The EU imposed 10 rounds of sanctions against Moscow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, but they did not affect agricultural products because of the threat to food security, particularly in Africa, POLITICO reports.
EU diplomats are to discuss an 11th round of sanctions against Russia next week.
Sadoś’s call for unprecedented food sanctions comes just after Warsaw broke with Kiev to demand limits on Ukrainian grain entering Poland and other EU countries.
In the context in which Polish farmers are suffering due to the drop in prices, the European Commission reached an agreement in principle with Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia at the end of April to allow the transit of Ukrainian grain through their territory, without it entering in their domestic markets. However, within a week, this agreement had already fallen apart.
Sadoś made a direct reference to the Ukrainian grain stumble in his call for sanctions on Russian agricultural products. While Western governments have usually refrained from blocking the sale of food products, especially amid a global crisis, Europe does not face this problem, Sadoś said.
“On the contrary,” he continued. “We have a surplus problem” related to Ukrainian imports.
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