09-17-2023, 3:42 PM

Poland began banning Russian-registered passenger cars from the EU

Poland initiated a Sunday ban on Russian-registered passenger cars entering the nation, the latest in a string of measures against Russia for its war against Ukraine.

The EU banned Russian-registered cars from entering its territory.

“A car registered in Russia has no right to enter Poland,” Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said Saturday, announcing the midnight ban.

“This is another element of the sanctions imposed on Russia and its citizens in connection with the brutal war in Ukraine, because the Russian state today threatens international security,” Kaminski added.

Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia prevented Russian-licensed automobiles from entering their territory days earlier, following a recent interpretation of EU sanctions on Moscow.

The Baltic republics and Poland are among the most vociferous European critics of Russia and Putin.

Poland borders the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Border Guard said the prohibition would apply regardless of the border cars crossed.

Russian-tagged automobiles will be returned to the non-EU countries from which they came, whether Russia or another country, according to the Border Guard website. Even if the car driver is not a Russian citizen, such procedures will be taken.”

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