Head of the Ukrainian Rada Committee in Vilnius: decisions on Russian grain are insufficient

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ŠLast week, the European Commission proposed to increase tariffs on Russian and Belarusian grain imports several times, but Oleksandr Merezhko, chairman of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada's Committee on Foreign Affairs, argues this is not enough.

Although the commission argues that high tariffs should make šyuan grain uncompetitive on the EU market, O. Merežka said that similar restrictions should be imposed on a wider range of goods.

„Sanctions are good, but you have to look at the end goal of sanctions, and the end goal is to isolate Russia for allšsome. Therefore, the sanctions that are already in place are good, but they are not as effective as they could be. Russia should be isolated all the time - politically, economically, diplomatically, he said.

A day earlier, the Community also agreed to restrict duty-free imports of some Ukrainian agricultural products, including some grain, which was allowed after the Russian invasion began but sparked strong protests from farmers in many of the bloc's šal countries.

Disputes over trade in Ukraine's agricultural produce are prompting experts to worry that agreeing EU membership will be much more difficult than previously thought.

Ahead of the European Parliament elections in June, there is less talk about the bloc's enlargement, according to Politico. European leaders are avoiding talking about what EU countries will need if Ukraine becomes a member, and they will have to pay more and get less, while the country of 44 million people would have a lot of influence in the EU institutions, and there are concerns about increased competition.

O. In Merezhko's view, Ukraine will not be an economic liability but an asset for the EU's development.

„I think that when it comes to competition, this is a kind of misconception that falls into the hands of Putin's propaganda, because Ukraine can actually be a huge market for goods produced in Europe,“ he said.

„To start šon the road to the European Union, we needed two revolutions, I mean the Orange Revolution and the Dignity Revolution. Both revolutions were aimed at bringing Ukraine into the European family, and the war resulted in us paying a huge price for our desire to become part of the European family," added O. Merežka.

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada said he believes that Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine should expand the activities of the Lublin Triangle.

He considered that a joint university for young people from Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland could be established in one of the countries.