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Ukraine, Russia agree to lift restrictions on truck transit

By Dmitry Rashnitsov   |   Feb. 24, 2016 at 12:48 PM

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- After 10 days of bans on trucks transporting goods between the two countries both Russian and Ukrainian officials agreed to remove restrictions at midnight Wednesday.

"Kiev is ready to lift the ban only on the condition of reciprocity," Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a government meeting, according to Interfax.

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Yatsenyuk said the Ministry of Interior and federal police would be on hand to ensure the re-integration happens smoothly.

Ukraine suspended transit of Russian trucks Feb. 15 after the Russian Ministry of Transport blocked 150 trucks from crossing the border earlier in the month.

The restrictions were expected to be lifted temporarily until April 15. Both countries have agreed to meet then to review procedures and establish permanent rules for the rest of the year, said Russian Deputy Minister of Transport Nikolay Asaul.

During the blockade, Russian trucks were forced to change their routes to drive through Baltic countries, and then place goods on a ferry, which increased the costs of shipping.

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