Russian lawmakers call for ban on trucks from EU state — RT Business News

Proposed legislation would restrict transit of Polish cargo through Russia and ban refueling at local prices

The lower house of the Russian parliament on Tuesday asked the government to ban semi-trailers registered in Poland from transiting through Russian territory. The proposal was announced by State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin in a Telegram message.

State Duma deputies unanimously proposed to deny the passage of Polish trucks through our country, as well as to prohibit them from refueling at Russian prices, setting the cost of fuel at EU levels“wrote the senior legislator.

The measure is presented as a response to EU restrictions against Russian truckers, introduced last year as part of the fifth Ukraine-related sanctions package. These measures prohibited Russian and Belarusian road transport companies from transporting goods on EU territory.

According to Volodin, the decision to target Poland also stems from the openly “Russophobe” position.

The leadership of Poland must answer for the demolition of monuments to our soldiers and officers, for its Russophobic policy. They can start by explaining their actions to more than 20,000 truckers who will lose their jobs because of their actions, and about 2,000 Polish transport companies (which) will go bankrupt,“said the lawmaker.

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Volodin explained earlier that the legislation will likely require goods from Poland to be reloaded onto Russian trucks at the border, which would allow Russian citizens to earn money on transport and deprive Poland of the means to “take advantage of russia.”

According to Volodin, the proposed legislation could cost the EU country around 8.5 billion euros ($9.15 billion).

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