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Poland and Hungary stop grain imports from Ukraine
Although agricultural products are supposed to be exported to other countries, they mostly end up in neighboring Ukrainian countries, causing gluts and falling prices. Prime Minister Kaczynski assured that Poland continues to support Ukraine. More on Live Ticker.
ZTo protect their own agriculture, Poland and Hungary stopped importing grain and other food products from Ukraine until the end of June. This was said by representatives of both countries on Saturday. As a result of the Russian war of aggression, fewer agricultural products are exported by sea from Ukraine. Instead, large quantities of grain from Ukraine reach neighboring European countries, including Poland, by land. Although agricultural products should actually be exported to other countries, they are mostly in neighboring Ukrainian countries, causing full pits and significantly falling prices. This is pushing farmers in Poland and Hungary to the curb.
“We must protect Polish agriculture,” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the ruling PiS party, said at a party conference on Saturday. At the same time, Poland remains a reliable supporter of Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression: “We remain friends and allies of Ukraine without the slightest change.” But Polish agriculture must be protected to prevent a “deep crisis”. .
Hungary’s Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy announced on Facebook a temporary ban on imports of agricultural products from Ukraine. He expects an EU solution before the temporary export ban ends at the end of June. In Poland, the ban extends to grains, sugar, meat, fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs and other foods. In Hungary, cereals, oilseeds and other agricultural products are affected. The Ministry of Agriculture of Ukraine expressed regret at the move. While the Polish peasantry was in a “difficult situation,” the situation of the Ukrainian peasantry was even worse in view of the Russian war of aggression.
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04:06 – Chinese Defense Minister Li is expected to visit Russia for four days
China’s Defense Minister Li Shangfu plans to travel to Russia on Sunday amid debate over Beijing’s stance on the Ukraine conflict. The visit will last four days at the invitation of the Kremlin. Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin last March. The West accuses Beijing of tacitly supporting Moscow in light of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.
China says it considers itself a neutral party in the Ukraine conflict. Xi has yet to condemn Russian aggression in the neighboring country or speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. During her visit to China on Friday, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach (Greens) asked the leadership in Beijing to exert their influence on Russia. Germany wants “China to act to finally put an end to Russia’s aggression.”
4:05 am – G7 foreign ministers discuss role of Ukraine and China in Japan
Foreign ministers of the G7 nations met in Karusawa, Japan on Sunday to discuss Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. China’s role in the conflict, which the West has criticized as favoring Russia, will also be central to the talks in the city northeast of Tokyo. Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach (Greens), who took part in the consultation, accused Beijing on Saturday of wanting to make “its own rules” in world politics.
Another topic addressed by foreign ministers from leading industrialized countries is climate protection. At the same time, environment ministers from the Group of States are debating the topic in Sapporo. These meetings are taking place as Japan is currently chairing the G7. A summit meeting of G7 heads of state and government was held in Hiroshima in May. They include Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
01:03 am – Ten times more alarms due to Russian planes over the Baltic Sea
The Bundeswehr has recently raised warnings about Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea. As the Air Force reported to the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”, 30 such alarms were triggered last year. Three incidents took place in 2021. In 2023, German military aircraft had to be deployed nine times by the end of February due to Russian aircraft. However, German airspace was never violated by Russian aircraft, according to “NOZ” with information from the Air Force.
If an aircraft enters German airspace without permission or a flight plan and does not respond to radio messages, an alarm is initiated. Two Luftwaffe Eurofighters were to identify it and, if necessary, escort it out of the airspace. The statistical increase may also be due to the Bundeswehr’s increased involvement in NATO’s eastern flank. From April 2022, the Air Force is responsible for the Integrated Air Policing for the alliance. “In periods when German interceptors were not stationed there, but some from other NATO countries, the aircraft there were definitely not included in the German statistics,” said the air force spokesman of “NOZ”.
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