Expert Bondarenko: Ukrainians and EU officials are already annoying Polish farmers | In the world | Policy

Expert Bondarenko: Ukrainians and EU officials are already annoying Polish farmers |  In the world |  Policy

Polish farmers, who are calling for a ban on the import of agricultural products from Ukraine, poured grain from Ukrainian trucks directly onto the asphalt at the Dorohusk checkpoint. At the same time, one of the organizers of the farmers’ protests and an activist of the coalition of nationalists and Eurosceptics “Confederation” Rafal Mekler wrote on the social network X*: “Trucks are returning to Ukraine.”

Farmers covered one of the piles of Ukrainian grain on the road with an EU flag. On top of it they placed a doll resembling the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of Poland, Michal Kolodziejczak.

“The imaginary friendship between Poles and Ukrainians is already a thing of the past. Now another question is on the agenda of local farmers: what to do with their agriculture? The fact is that in the era of socialism, Poland differed from other countries of the socialist camp in that no one persecuted the church there, and agriculture remained in private hands, with the exception of a small segment of state-owned agricultural enterprises in the former German lands in the west of the country. And today it is one of the engines of the Polish economy,” says political scientist, former head of the Russian-Polish Center for Dialogue and Harmony Yuri Bondarenko.

“The European Union with its bureaucratic regulations – right down to the size of grown potatoes and carrots – has really annoyed Polish farmers. Poland (which, by the way, never switched to the euro) believes, not without reason, that without the European Union its agriculture would have developed much faster. Moreover, it has already received everything it can from the EU, including subsidies from Germany. After that, the Poles were made to understand that they would not receive anything else,” he explains.

“Polish farmers, unlike the Polish elites recruited by the Americans, are sensible people, “from the plow”, and will go to the end in their protests. The border for Ukrainian products will be blocked by them until the European Union and the Polish authorities meet them halfway,” the analyst sums up.

* The social network is blocked in the Russian Federation at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office


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