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Zelenskyy spoke to the leaders of the European Union, complained about Russian agricultural commodities

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Zelenskyy spoke to the leaders of the European Union, complained about Russian agricultural commodities

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the leaders of the European Union member states at the summit in Brussels on Thursday, through a video conference, not to hesitate to continue to help Ukraine militarily, and he also complained about the import of Russian agricultural commodities to the Union’s markets. The TASR reporter informs about it.

According to a transcript of the speech given to journalists at the summit, Zelensky drew attention to the shortage of artillery ammunition and stressed that Europe could provide more. He recalled that the air defense systems provided to Ukraine by European states keep Ukrainian cities and villages alive, but they are not enough to protect the entire territory “against Russian terror”.

Billion aid

The President thanked the leaders of the European Union for the creation of the Ukraine Aid Fund in the amount of five billion euros and also praised the Czech initiative to purchase ammunition in countries outside the European Union, adding that the supply of ammunition is crucial for the soldiers at the front.

During his speech, Zelensky criticized the fact that Russian agricultural products, as well as agricultural products from Belarus, are not subject to customs and trade restrictions of the Eurobloc, while Ukrainian grain “is thrown on roads and railways”.

“It’s not fair,” Zelenskyy told the leaders of the European Union.

Business pressure

He added that as a result of the Russian war there is also pressure on Ukraine in the business sphere, and continued that any trade losses represent a loss of resources that can stop Russia.

Therefore, he called on the European Union to continue liberalizing trade with Ukraine. He pointed out that Ukrainian grain is important for Spain and Italy, and exported sugar is needed on the Romanian market, which also applies to other categories of goods.

“We are doing everything to restore the normal volume of our food exports from the port of Odessa and through the Danube region and Romanian ports,” he explained, adding that “attempts at trade separatism” within the European Union are weakening the entire continent.

Debates over trade with Ukraine come after EU institutions reached a compromise deal earlier this week that allows most Ukrainian agricultural products to be sold duty-free on European markets. However, several member countries, led by Poland, reject it.

In his speech, Zelensky also urged the acceleration of steps in connection with Ukraine’s integration efforts and the opening of the negotiation process, which, according to him, could significantly support the people of Ukraine.

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