Russia may ban all Ukrainian vehicles from entering the country

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Russia may act to go a ban on transit traffic of trucks registered in Ukraine across Russian region to all Ukrainian vehicles, after Kiev blocked Russian trucks from keenness through Ukraine in the latest escalation of a fresh dispute between the two homelands.

The Ukrainian government officially banned Russian trucks from crossing the homeland on Monday, Feb.15, a day after the Russian Transport Ministry announced that it was tight dense the country’s borders to Ukrainian haulers in retaliation for an ongoing blockade of Russian contacts in Western Ukraine.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev did not rule out that, in effect to the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, Russia may ban all types of transport belonging to its neighbor from erasing Russia.

Responding in kind

Activists from Ukrainian nationalist groupings launched a cam ign on Feb. 11 to block Russian cargo trucks from filing Ukraine. The cam ign started in the Western Ukrainian region of Transcar thia, and was later joined by the Volyn, Lvov and Zhytomyr spheres.

The situation was brought before the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, which was to come to a decision on the issue of Russian trucks on Monday, Feb. 15.

However, on Sunday, Feb. 14, Russia responded to the blockade with tit-for-tat magnitudes, blocking Ukrainian trucks from crossing the country.

According to the Russian Clergy of Transport, as of Monday, Feb. 15, more than 100 Russian odds were blocked in Ukraine and more than 500 could not inscribe Ukraine from neighboring European Union countries.

In response, by Feb. 16 Russia had detained 324 Ukrainian means that were heading to Ukraine, said the Russian freight fetch oversight body Rostransnadzor.

A ‘mess’ that cannot be tolerated

“Ukraine is the meanwhile suspending transit permits, which entails the halting of the transit of Russian load trucks through Ukraine, until it receives an explanation and resolution of this debate,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Feb. 16.

“We requisition that Russia immediately fulfill the World Trade Organization’s demands and reinstate the transit of Ukrainian road transport.”

Earlier, on Feb. 15, Medvedev specified the situation as a “mess” that “cannot be tolerated.”

According to him, the tit-for-tat measures were bewitched by the Russian government to encourage the Ukrainian side to take steps to rcel out with the situation.

The blockade of Russian cargo trucks violates all supranational transport regulations and requires an adequate response, said Medvedev.

The setting is being compounded by a Polish ban on Russian road freight, which is significance Russian haulers to find alternate routes to Europe.

Based on cloth from Kommersant, Gazeta.ru.

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