Russia and Ukraine to lift restrictions on the transit of trucks

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the proposal of the Ministry of infrastructure to unlock the transit of Russian cargoes by trucks.

“We are ready to return to action temporary permits from 00:00 on February 25 and return to the territory of Ukraine transit, which last 10 days was actually blocked”, — said the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure Andriy Pivovarsky at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (quoted by TASS).

According to the head of government of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Kiev is ready to lift the ban only “on condition of reciprocity”.

“We [Russia] have responded to their hostile actions, they open, we are on terms of reciprocity also take appropriate measures, and the Ministry of interior and the national police provide the first period of the resumption of transportation, respectively”, — said Yatsenyuk during a Cabinet meeting.

The Russian transport Ministry confirmed that Russia and Ukraine will remove the restriction on the transit of the truck, informs “Interfax”.

Ukraine suspended the transit of Russian trucks transport companies on its territory from 15 February. The decision of the Cabinet of Ministers adopted in response to a similar ban, which the Ministry of transport introduced on the eve of the Ukrainian carriers. The decision of the Russian authorities was also a response to the actions of the Ukrainian activists who at the beginning of February began to block the movement of Russian trucks for political reasons.

Last week, on the 20th of February, were resumed the movement of trucks with Poland, which was discontinued from 1 February, as countries could not agree on the number of permits for transport by 2016. However, the agreement between Moscow and Warsaw is temporary and lasts two months: permission slips are valid till April 15.

According to Deputy Minister of transport Nikolay assaul, after April 15, the parties will review the operation of carriers of both countries then agreed to establish permanent rules for the entire 2016.

Because of the ban on entry to Poland and Ukraine in February the Russian transport companies lost the opportunity to serve the transport of goods between Europe and Russia. Russian carriers had only one option — to follow through the territory of the Baltic countries, and then to sail on the ferry, which made the delivery much more expensive.