Romania's ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) said on Tuesday it will ask the coalition government to approve an emergency decree enforcing a temporary ban on Ukrainian grain imports, mirroring similar moves by countries in central and eastern Europe.

On Monday, Slovakia joined Poland and Hungary in banning grain imports from Ukraine as even Kyiv's staunchest allies come under domestic pressure to shield their agriculture markets.

"PSD will ask the governing coalition to make a political decision to enable ... the government to issue the decree," the party, to which the agriculture minister belongs, said in a statement.

"At the same time, Romania must continue to support Ukraine by facilitating the transit of farm products to other European Union states or to Black Sea commercial routes." (Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Andrew Heavens)