During a meeting on February 15, Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers decided to impose a temporary ban on the transit of Russian-registered cargo trucks through Ukraine’s territory, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to UNIAN.
It is noted that the Ukrainian government has made such decision in response to actions of the Russian authorities, which, in breach of rules and procedures of the World Trade Organization and the bilateral intergovernmental agreement on international road transport, unilaterally blocked the movement of Ukrainian cargo vehicles through the territory of the Russian Federation.
“Ukraine temporarily suspends the validity of transit permits issued for cargo vehicles registered in the Russian Federation, which entails the suspension of transit by Russian cargo vehicles through the territory of Ukraine, until relevant explanations are received and the matter is resolved,” the Cabinet press service quoted the Ukrainian Prime Minister.
In view of the current situation, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has immediately sent a note to the Russian authorities with a request to explain such unlawful actions.
Ukraine’s PM also stressed that Ukraine has initiated consultations with the European Union member states regarding the matter.
Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry will decide on appropriate measures based on results of the government meeting.
It is also reported that the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry has initiated holding of daily meetings of the Operational Response Headquarters with representatives of the Economic Development Ministry, the State Fiscal Service, the State Border Service, the National Police and other agencies related. The Headquarters will be tasked with a continuous monitoring of the situation and developing an agreed proposal that will be submitted for consideration by the Cabinet of Minister.
It should be recalled that on Thursday 11 February Ukrainian activists began to block transit trucks with Russian registration plates in Zakarpattya region near border with Slovakia and Hungary, where Russian trucks were redirected after Poland suspended cargo transportation agreement with Russia. Ten regions of Ukraine, including Zakarpattia, Volyn, Lviv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr and Sumy regions have already joint the campaign.
Today Russia has halted all Ukrainian cargo trucks on its territory.