17:59 09 Dec 2023

Estonia stands ready to aid in resolving problems at Polish-Ukrainian border – Estonian FM

Estonia is fully ready to contribute to quickly resolving problems on the Polish-Ukrainian border, said the country's Foreign Minister Margus Tsakhna, commenting on his conversation on Friday with Polish Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk.

RAR reports this.

"Polish border crossings are used, in particular, for the delivery of vital humanitarian and defense aid, as well as for the transportation of goods that strengthen the economy of Ukraine. Therefore, Estonia is ready to contribute to the search for a quick solution," the Estonian minister emphasized.

After the meeting, Szynkowski vel Sęk said, "Tallinn understood the explanation regarding the protest of carriers on the border with Ukraine."

The ministers also discussed the issue of starting negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU and increasing the price of war for Russia, in particular, through the introduction of additional sanctions.

"We are approaching a crucial week, during which I expect progress on Ukraine's path to the EU, as well as the adoption of the 12th package of sanctions," Tsakhna said, noting that efforts to isolate Russia in the international arena should continue.

Tsakhna expressed gratitude for Poland's steadfast support of Ukraine, including its support on its path to NATO and the European Union.

For reference:

On November 6, Polish carriers began a strike and blocked several checkpoints.

The Polish government cannot unilaterally influence the agreement between Ukraine and the European Union on the liberalization of freight transportation, although this is one of the protesters' demands.

In turn, the Ukrainian side created a headquarters to help drivers blocked at the border. A coordinator is in constant contact with each of the three points.

On December 1, Ukraine and Poland agreed to unblock the border partially.

Due to the strike of Polish carriers and the blocking of the border, Ukraine's state budget lost 9.3 billion hryvnias from the lack of customs payments.

As of December 8, there are about 3,300 trucks on the Polish-Ukrainian border. Traffic is currently blocked at four checkpoints.

Joint-stock company "Ukrzaliznytsia" launched a test trailer train loaded with 23 Ukrainian trucks, blocked before entering Ukraine due to a strike by Polish carriers.


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