Renewed tensions in Europe over Ukrainian grain imports

Cargo ships carrying Ukraine grain wait in line for inspection on the Marmara sea, in Istanbul, Turkey. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has closed Black Sea shipping lanes used before the war, resulting in the European Union becoming a major transit route and export destination for Ukrainian grain bound for Africa and the Middle East. – EPA pic, September 19, 2023.

A DECISION by the European Commission to end an import ban on Ukrainian grain in five member states has led to tensions, unilateral embargoes and discontent among farmers.

Ukraine’s pledge to put in place measures to control the export of wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seed to avoid upsetting markets has failed to pacify several of its EU neighbours. 

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