The Russian State Duma will ask the government to impose a ban on Polish trucks traveling through Russia. The relevant decision was made at a meeting on Tuesday, May 23.
Source. This was reported by The Bell.
The measures recommended to be taken will mirror the fifth package of EU sanctions banning transportation for Russian and Belarusian trucks through the territories of the bloc, the text of the appeal says. Thus, the State Duma deputies propose to allow Polish trucks to travel only from the border to the nearest customs terminals to hitch trailers/semi-trailers or load goods onto Russian carriers' vehicles.
The possibility of refueling at Russian retail prices should be excluded. Instead, fuel prices for Polish carriers are proposed to be set "at the level of EU prices."
The Duma deputies voted unanimously on this issue, Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said. He expects that as a result, "the Poles will lose about 8.5 billion euros in revenues received at the expense of Russia," more than 20,000 Polish drivers will lose their jobs and about 2,000 Polish transportation companies will go bankrupt.
"The leadership of Poland must be held accountable for the demolition of monuments to our soldiers and officers, for Russophobic policies," Volodin added. In the text of the appeal, the deputies also recalled the seizure of the school building at the Russian Embassy in Warsaw.
Background. As a reminder, Poland seized a school at the Russian Embassy in favor of the state. The Russian Foreign Ministry called it an unheard-of brazen move and promised a tough response.