Posted on October 6, 2023

The agreement intended to hasten exports of grain from Ukraine may also help defuse tensions over grain prices between Ukraine and Poland a time when some international support for Kyiv’s efforts to throw back Russia’s invasion may be falling.

Agricultural exports have brought one of the biggest threats to European unity for Ukraine since Russia invaded.

Russia withdrew from a wartime agreement ensuring safe passage for Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea. That meant more expensive overland routes through Europe as the main path for Ukraine’s exports.

Poland, Hungary and Slovakia announced bans on local imports of Ukrainian food after a European Union embargo ended in mid-September.

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