The head of the Association of International Road Carriers of Ukraine (AIRCU), Leonid Kostyuchenko, commenting on the statement of the Ministry of Transport, reported to UNIAN that Ukraine has received an official appeal from the Russian Federation concerning the bilateral lifting of restrictions on transit through both countries.
“We hope that Ukraine and Russia will reach an agreement on the bilateral lifting of restrictions on transit tomorrow. Russia has already sent a letter offering to lift these restrictions. The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Andriy Pyvovarsky, has received the letter and now we have to consider this issue at the Cabinet meeting. If the decision is made, the transit ban will be lifted,” Kostyuchenko said.
Meanwhile, he added that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has simplified the procedure for customs clearance on the return of Ukrainian trucks which were blocked from entering Russia at the request of the Association of International Road Carriers of Ukraine and also accelerated reimbursement of the value-added tax for affected businessmen.
As UNIAN previously reported, on the 11th of February, social activists began an indefinite action in ten regions of Ukraine which prohibited the exit of trucks with Russian registration numbers from Ukraine. In response to the actions of the activists, the Russian Government banned the transit of Ukrainian trucks in its territory.
In turn, on the 15th of February, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine took countermeasures and temporarily suspended the validation period for transit permits issued for trucks with Russian registration.
The parties have started negotiations on the resolution of the current situation. On the 16th of February, Ukraine and Russia have agreed to temporarily restore the movement of blocked trucks on the territories of both countries from February 16-25th