Hungary Unable to Export Ukrainian Grain to Sudan for Lack of Kiev's Permission

© Sputnik . Vitaly Timkiv / Go to the mediabankA view shows wheat ears to be harvested in the fields of Krasnodarskoe company in Krasnodar region, Russia.
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BUDAPEST (Sputnik) - Earlier, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that the so-called "Ukrainian grain" has long been a US commercial product because it is grown on land owned by US companies.
Hungary has not been able to export a single gram of the planned 10,000 tonnes of Ukrainian grain to Sudan with its own money since late 2022 because Kiev never authorized it, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday.

"When the initiative dubbed Grain From Ukraine was launched at the end of last year, Hungary donated 3.5 million euros [$3.7 million] to export 10,000 tonnes of grain to Sudan ... But despite the Hungarian taxpayers providing financing last year, not just a single tonne, but a single gram of grain has not been shipped to Sudan from Ukraine as part of the Grain From Ukraine program," Szijjarto said during his address at the UN General Assembly, which was broadcast by Hungary's media.

Hungary is "unfortunately still waiting for permission from the Ukrainian authorities," the minister said.
"As soon as we get it, we will be able to ship the 10,000 tonnes of grain from Ukraine to Sudan at the expense of the Hungarian budget," Szijjarto said.
In this way, Budapest is trying to "at least do something" about the food crisis in the Northern African country, the minister added.
"This shows the absurdity of the whole grain situation, because at the moment transnational companies are trying to make significant profits by not sending Ukrainian grain to poor countries and instead flooding Central European markets with it, thus ruining Central European farmers and not alleviating the food crisis in Africa and the Middle East," Szijjarto said.
The minister added that he would raise this issue in bilateral meetings with his foreign counterparts on the sidelines of the UNGA and stress the need to ship Ukrainian grain to poor countries with Europe's help.
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