Hungary joined Poland, Slovakia, and Romania in maintaining a ban on the import of cheap Ukrainian grain. Only Bulgaria, with its governing coalition formed at the direction of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia has lifted its ban causing widespread discontent and protests from its farmers. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó made the announcement on Friday, but said the country will allow the transit of Ukrainian grain destined to African countries.
The Hungarian Foreign Minister said that the European Union and Ukraine are misleading European public opinion on the issue of Ukrainian issue grain exports. He said that while European countries opened transit routes to Africa, eventually European countries were also flooded with cheap Ukrainian grain. “We will not allow Hungarian farmers to be ruined,” Szijjártó insisted, adding that “deceptive propaganda in Brussels and Kiev will not stop us.”
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán went even further, accusing the European Union of not “siding with the member states and the European people” and instead following U.S. interests when it comes to grain imports. Orbán that “Ukrainian grain is not actually Ukrainian, but a commercial product from lands that the U.S. has owned for a long time.”