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EU extends restrictions on Ukraine grain imports

The European Union has extended restrictions on imports of wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower seeds from Ukraine until September 15, the European Commission said late on Monday.

The EC restricted imports of those products in April in response to a call from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania to offset the fallout from the glut of Ukrainian grain in those countries as a result of customs easements to support the war-torn country. Under the decision, the five countries could block imports of Ukrainian agricultural products as long as they ensured transit through their territory.

The decision would have expired on June 5.

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