WARSAW, 4 February. /Corr. Irina Polina/. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland Witold Waszczykowski at a meeting with Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic Sergey Andreev asked the Russian side to attention to have arisen between the two countries in the field of road transport. He declared it on Thursday to journalists in front of the office after the short meeting with the Russian Ambassador.
“I drew attention to the problems of our transport workers and asked with attention to approach this issue, as both sides lose” – he said, stressing that the negotiations should be accelerated.
According to Wasikowska, other topics of bilateral relations were discussed. Arrangements for new contacts is not achieved.
Andreev, in turn, indicated that “it was a normal working meeting”. “We will work further”, – he noted. “We would like our relations in the future were better,” the Ambassador added.
Negotiations on road transport
In Warsaw ended with no results on the eve of the Russian-Polish talks on traffic volumes.
Following talks between Moscow and Warsaw for road transport will be held in Russia
As reported correspondent. Deputy transport Minister Nikolay Asaul, the next round of talks will be held in Russia in accordance with intergovernmental agreement. “As soon as the Polish side comprehend the situation and is ready, we will be happy to accept them”, he said after meeting with his Polish colleague, the Deputy Minister of infrastructure and construction Jerzy Schmidt.
Referring to a possible time frame for the conclusion of the dialogue, Asaul has informed that “negotiations are continuing, there is convergence of views”. “If the Polish side would not be understanding, negotiations can drag on indefinitely. Then we will Charter a ferry and go around Poland,” he added.
According to the Deputy Minister, meetings of the Russian delegation “listened to the proposals of the Polish side regarding the simplification of the provisions of the Russian legislation”. “We went to meet them, agreed to correct it, but despite this, agreement on the number of permits was not achieved even on a two-month period,” said Asaul. “Poles still require multiple increase his quota permits, he said. – These figures are unacceptable.”
Asaul noted that no one country such difficulties of the Russian Federation no. “With all States sharing occurred. While only in Turkey in the Embassy are permissions, but they will soon meet. For other countries we have nothing planned”, – he said.
The opinion of the Polish side
“These were difficult negotiations, which, unfortunately, led to agreement on a new meeting. We were close to an agreement, but the problems started when we reached the details,” – said in turn at the briefing, the Deputy Minister of infrastructure of Poland, Jerzy Schmidt.
Polish carriers are losing up to PLN 6 million a day because of problems with transit through Russia
“Russia introduced a new law, which is extremely profitable and in fact displaces Polish carriers from the market. We tried to agree to these inconveniences were less. The Russian side’s proposals may not be accepted by our transporters”, – stated the position of the Warsaw Schmidt, explaining that while 85% of them will not be able to work on the Russian market.
Thus, according to Schmitt, the parties came to agreement on a number of points of negotiation that will help to bring to a final decision, the issue of transportation between the two countries. “Representatives of the Russian Federation assured that the law will be changed within two months. In addition, we will start working on a new agreement. However, we have not agreed on the transitional number of permits that could be used by our carriers,” said he. As Schmitt argues, “the Russian side demanded that the number of permits that does not meet their needs”.
According to him, Poland will soon present to the Russian side of its position that “as soon as possible to begin negotiations and complete them by the conclusion of a lasting agreement.” “The Russian proposal relate to the transition period, and we want a final and definitive agreement that will allow our carriers and our economy to function in a stable environment. Our Russian partners have been unable to guarantee us”, he said.
Schmidt also recalled that the movement of goods between Russia and Poland is not completely stopped because there is a small quota of multiple permits, and the traffic on the line Poland – Belarus.
The negotiations in the Mixed Commission on cooperation in the field of international road transport was launched in Warsaw at the expert level on 1 February. The third day of talks took place yesterday with the participation of Deputy Ministers.
February 1 has expired permits for cargo transportation, which annually between Russia and Poland. The advance parties failed to reach agreement on new permissions, so the truckers of the two countries since the beginning of the month can’t cross the border. The negotiations were delayed because Poland was dissatisfied with the adoption of the Russian Federation legislative and normative acts regulating monitoring of the implementation on the territory of the Russian international road haulage by foreign vehicles, including transport of goods from third countries.
Poland wants to receive from Russia the guarantees that the new standards in the field of transportation – not sanctions
According to the Russian side, the new law eliminated the existing deficiencies in the national regulatory framework, using which unscrupulous foreign carriers imported from third countries to Russia goods under cover of preferential bilateral mode of transportation. The Polish side is concerned that this provision will limit the transportation of goods produced in the territory of Poland by companies registered in other countries.
As told journalists earlier, the head of the Polish Association of international road carriers Jan boucek after the signing of the agreement of carriage may be resumed the next day. “The carriage will return as our solutions are already prepared, and the Russian located in the Russian Embassy in Poland. This is a technical question,” said he.
Meanwhile, as have informed local experts, each day of downtime costs the Polish transport sector to 6 million PLN (1.5 million dollars). According to the Association of international road carriers of Poland, formerly in the Russian Federation from the Republic was daily driven about 600 trucks. Each of them earns, on average, for the carriage of goods of €2.5 thousand per day.