Poland on Sunday began implementing a European Union (EU) measure aimed at banning all Russian-registered personal cars attempting to enter the country from entering the country. It is the latest in a series of sanctions against Russia that serve as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine.
According to the EU decision, vehicles registered in Russia will no longer be able to enter the territory of its 27 members.
A car registered in Russia cannot enter PolandPolish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said Saturday when announcing the ban that came into effect a few hours later, at midnight.
This is another element of the sanctions imposed on Russia and its citizens in connection with the brutal war in Ukraine, since the Russian state today represents a threat to international security.
The measure comes just days after the Baltic countries Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia banned vehicles registered in Russia from entering their territory, a joint decision consistent with a recent interpretation of EU sanctions against Moscow.
Poland and the Baltic countries are among the staunchest European critics of Russia and the country’s president, Vladimir Putin.
On Tuesday, Dmitry Medvedev, vice president of the Russian Security Council chaired by Putin, denounced the European Commission’s decision, calling it racist. He suggested Moscow could retaliate by suspending diplomatic ties with the EU and withdrawing its diplomats from Brussels.
Poland shares a land border with the Russian territory of Kaliningrad, an enclave separated from the rest of Russia. The border guard agency said the ban will be the same regardless of which border vehicles attempt to cross.
In addition to Kaliningrad, Poland has Belarus and Ukraine on its eastern borders. In addition, the country borders EU and NATO allies Germany, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania, where there are no border controls.
The border guard website states that cars registered in Russia
They will be returned to the third country from which they came, whether Russia or another country. These actions will be carried out even if the driver of the vehicle is not a citizen of the Russian Federation..
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