Sanctions against Russia: Hundreds of truck drivers stranded in the EU
Hundreds of Russian and Belarusian truck drivers apparently did not manage to leave the territory of the European Union before the new sanctions began. On Saturday, 200-400 trucks were backed up, waiting times were up to 30 hours.
Experts estimate that there are thousands more freighters in the EU. What happens to these is unclear. A representative of the Polish industry association expressed concern that the demanded confiscation of these vans could lead to countermeasures on the Russian side – Belarus had already banned the traffic of EU-registered trucks for April 15.
Weeks ago, the drivers were already struggling with difficulties due to the international freeze on payments for Russian banks: Most of the tanks in their vehicles were empty and there was no money for new fuel because Russian EC and credit cards have been blocked since the beginning of March. The Red Cross provided the stranded with food and hygiene items.
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