MINSK, 16 February. /Corr. Yury Shamshur/. The queue of heavy vehicles at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border in the last hours has significantly decreased. According to the State border Committee (GIC) of Belarus as of 08:00 hours (coincides with Moscow), on Tuesday morning at the exit from Belarus to Lithuania was 110 cars. While at the border crossing Kamenny log, where on the evening of 15 February was 170 trucks in the morning the queue was absent. The same situation exists in the checkpoint Privalka. At this time, a queue of 70 vehicles recorded on the transition beniakoni, at the checkpoint Kotlovka there were 40 trucks. According to operational data, with the Lithuanian side at checkpoints on entry to Belarus is about 150 trucks.
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February 15, in the Grodno region took place the meeting of representatives of customs services of Belarus and Lithuania, which, having discussed the situation on the border, agreed to enhance working shifts at the checkpoints. According to the State customs Committee of Belarus, on the eve in the town of Ashmyany (Hrodna region) were sent additional forces from among the employees of the Brest, Grodno and Minsk regional regional customs.
In Minsk attribute the increase flow of heavy vehicles in the direction of Lithuania, which on February 1 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. In this situation Russian drivers chose Baltic destination, and the routes through Ukraine and later in Hungary, Slovakia, etc.
February 11, the Ukrainian radicals in the Transcarpathian region announced an indefinite protest by blocking the transit of Russian trucks. Later they were joined by radical activists in nine regions – Volyn, Rivne, Lviv, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia, Sumy and Chernivtsi. Participants require an official ban on the movement of Russian trucks through territory of Ukraine. In response to these acts of Ukraine on February 14, Russia suspended the movement of trucks on Ukrainian territory of the Russian Federation. On 15 February, the Ukrainian government officially announced the suspension of transit cargo vehicles registered in Russia.
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