Poland's Agriculture Minister said he is willing to discuss grain shipments with Ukraine, as long as "the interests of the Polish farmer are secured and Ukrainian grain does not enter Poland."
“I am glad that Ukraine started talking to us, and not over our heads with the European Union or individually with various countries outside us, because it was a ridiculous thing," Poland's Agriculture Minister Robert Telus told journalists on Friday, according to CNN affiliate TVN24.
On Thursday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said he is willing to talk to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as "friends" to resolve "difficult situations" between their countries after Warsaw signaled it would stop sending arms to Kyiv amid a dispute over grain imports.
Grain dispute: Pressure has been building for months over a ban on Ukrainian grain, initially put in place earlier this year by several European Union nations to protect the livelihood of local farmers worried about being undercut by low Ukrainian prices.
Last week, the EU announced plans to suspend the rule. But three nations — Poland, Hungary and Slovakia — said they intended to defy the change and keep the restrictions in place.
"This matter needs to be resolved, it is a dispute that is in fact a legal dispute," Duda told TVN24 on Thursday. "I understand that [Ukraine] are looking for help in their situation at all costs and therefore they do not care where they sell their grain, but it is not indifferent to us, and we want to help them and we do help them."