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5 eastern EU member nations demand customs duties on Ukrainian agricultural exports

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The agriculture ministers of eastern European Union members Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Bulgaria wrote a letter to Brussels demanding the EU impose customs duties on agricultural products from Ukraine.

The joint letter to European Commission officials asks for duties "on the most sensitive agricultural products" to protect farmers in neighboring nations from unfair competition, said Hungarian Agriculture Istvan Nagy.

The letter comes as the European Council prepares this week to propose an extension to its existing suspension of tariffs and import quotas on Ukrainian products to help the country's economy cope with wartime conditions.

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