Russia-Poland Ground Freight Standoff Causes Truck Pileup

Heavy trucks amassed at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border because of suspended freight traffic between Russia and Poland, the State Border Committee of Belarus said on its website Sunday.

MINSK (Sputnik) – At least 250 trucks amassed at the Kamienny Loh-Medininkai border crossing and 230 at Kotlovka-Lavoriskes awaiting entry into Lithuania as of 19:00 GMT, according to the committee. Around 180 trucks gathered on the Belarusian side of the Bieniakoni-Salcininkai crossing, and another 100 on the Lithuanian side of the frontier.
Freight transport between Russia and Poland was suspended on February 1 because of a lack of agreement on permit quotas this year. The sides reached a temporary agreement this week effective until April 15.

A separate transit issue has stranded Russian and Ukrainian trucks on either side of the border.
Ukrainian activists blocked Russian trucks transiting through Ukraine on February 11, demanding a blockade of Russian goods. The Ukrainian cabinet halted Russian cargo traffic across its territory on February 15, triggering a symmetrical response from Russia the next day.

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