Polish farmers lift months-long blockade of Ukraine border

Polish farmers called off their protest at the last border crossing with Ukraine on Monday, lifting a blockade that has dragged on for months, soured bilateral relations and buffeted Ukraine's trade.

Polish truckers, later joined by farmers, have blocked border crossings with Ukraine since late autumn last year amid concerns over unfair competition and cheap grain.

They have cited government inaction over a loss of business to foreign competitors since Russia's war on Ukraine, with truckers from Ukraine exempt from seeking permits to cross the Polish border.

Ukraine's border guard spokesman said Polish farmers had ended the blockade at the Rava-Ruska crossing on Monday morning.

"Fortunately, we have all directions on the border with Poland unblocked," said Andriy Demchenko, the border official, adding that trucks were crossing in both directions.

Polish border guard spokesman Andrzej Juzwiak told Reuters that all the crossings were working "without hindrance".

The Polish farm ministry said late on Sunday that farmers had announced a suspension following talks with Agriculture Minister Czeslaw Siekierski.

Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky hailed "constructive work" by Poland, saying negotiations with Warsaw and industry associations had not been easy but that "the main thing is that we have a result".

Warsaw protest to go ahead

(Reuters)


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