Survey: Should Poland maintain an embargo on grain from Ukraine despite the EU?

Nearly 60 percent of Poles want to maintain the ban on grain imports from Ukraine, according to the latest survey by SW Research.

Poland, Slovakia and Hungary announced national restrictions on imports of Ukrainian grain last week, after the European Commission decided to lift the embargo on agricultural products from Ukraine. In response, Kiev filed a complaint against these three countries with the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The crisis in Polish-Ukrainian relations intensified after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attacked Poland during his speech to the UN General Assembly, saying: “It is disturbing how some of our friends in Europe are playing solidarity in the political theater through a thriller to do with grain. They may appear to be playing their own role, but in fact they are helping to set the stage for the Moscow actor.”

The Ukrainian ambassador was summoned to the Polish Foreign Ministry after Zelensky’s words

On Wednesday, the Polish Foreign Ministry summoned Ukrainian Ambassador Wasyl Zwarycz and conveyed to him a protest against Zelensky’s statements.

President Andrzej Duda said during his speech at the UN that Poland will defend the interests of its farmers in the field of importing Ukrainian grain. Speaking to journalists, the president said that “a drowning man is extremely dangerous, he can simply drown the rescuer.” – It’s a bit like the situation with Poland and Ukraine – he said.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland could ban the import of more Ukrainian products if authorities in Kiev introduce restrictions on the import of Polish fruits and vegetables in retaliation for the grain embargo.

Agriculture Minister Robert Telus announced at a press conference on Friday that Poland will not lift the embargo on Ukrainian products unless “we reach a certain, effective solution” with Ukraine so that “the interests of the Polish farmer are secured” and “so that Ukrainian grain does not enter Poland.”

Telus believes there is a chance that the embargo will be lifted if Warsaw and Kiev jointly develop a new mechanism through which grain from Ukraine can travel to other countries via Poland.

Survey: Do Poland support maintaining the embargo on Ukrainian grain?

Participants in the SW Research survey conducted on behalf of, the “Rzeczpospolita” website, were asked whether in their opinion “Poland should maintain the ban on grain imports from Ukraine despite the EU?” “Yes” 58.4 percent answered. respondents, “no” – 19.4 percent 22.2 percent Respondents have no opinion on this.

The survey was conducted by research agency SW Research among users of the SW Panel online panel on September 19-20, 2023. The analysis covered a group of 800 internet users over the age of 18.

Source: Do Rzeczy