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Bulgaria supports resumption of Ukrainian grain exports after 15 September

Earlier, the Polish minister listed Bulgaria as one of the countries that opposed the resumption of exports. 

Bulgaria supports resumption of Ukrainian grain exports after 15 September
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Bulgaria has supported the resumption of exports of Ukrainian agricultural products after 15 September. The relevant decision was adopted by the Parliament.

This was reported by Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk. They thanked the Bulgarian parliament for its support.

"I thank the Bulgarian parliament, government, and Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov for supporting the Ukrainian people and the ways of solidarity," Shmyhal wrote on X.

Polish Agriculture Minister Robert Telus named Bulgaria among those countries that supported the extension of the export ban on Ukrainian grain. In addition to Bulgaria and Poland, Telus said, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia supported this.

In May, the European Union allowed Ukraine's five neighbours to ban domestic sales of Ukrainian wheat, corn, rapeseed, and sunflower seeds, while allowing the transit of such goods for export to other countries. The ban is set to expire on 15 September.

The ban on imports of Ukrainian grain was prompted by protests from farmers in the neighbouring countries, who complained that the much cheaper Ukrainian grain was reducing demand for their own products.

The need for land-based grain exports arose because of the threat to sea routes caused by Russia's war against Ukraine. The issue of export routes is especially acute now that Russia has unilaterally terminated the grain agreement and is deliberately destroying port infrastructure and grain storage facilities in Odesa Region. 

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