Latvian transport minister welcomes EU sanctions measures against Russia, Belarus

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Latvian transport minister welcomes EU sanctions measures against Russia, Belarus

Road haulage within the European Union, including transit, is prohibited for a road haulage company registered in Russia and Belarus. The sanctions impose import restrictions on certain goods exported from or originating in Russia, including coal and other solid fossil fuels.

The Minister of Transport T lis Linkaits is pleased that the EU Member States have finally been able to reach an agreement, because of the fact that Latvia is one of the initiators of the adoption of this sanctions package. The Minister of Transport said that Latvia is ready to implement them immediately by imposing restrictions on the transportation of cargo from Russia and Belarus by road and sea, as well as closing Latvian ports to Russian ships.

Taking into account the possible steps of the response, the Minister calls on Latvian carriers to follow the decisions in this area closely and return vehicles in Russia and Belarus to the EU Member States.

Minister of Transport T lis Linkaits said that with a united and firm response from the EU by imposing new sanctions, we can put enough pressure on Russia and achieve tangible results in the fight for democracy and freedom in Ukraine.

Some exceptions will cover essential goods such as agricultural and food products, humanitarian aid and postal services.

The restrictions were already adopted in the fifth package of sanctions in response to the regime of President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and its brutal aggression in Ukraine. The decision will be entered into force on the day after it is published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Within seven days of the publication of the decision, the requirements for ports and road transport must be implemented.