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Latvia suspends railway transit of military cargoes of Belarus

Latvia announced that since May 10 it has suspended the rail transit of military cargoes of Belarus. About it informs portal DELFI with a link to the Latvian Ministry of Transport.

It is specified that the country has suspended the agreement, according to which direct rail transportation of military cargo from Belarus to third countries through Latvian ports was allowed. This agreement was signed in January 1994. At that time, Latvia had not yet joined European Union (EU).

The statement of the Latvian Ministry of Transport notes that in 2004 Latvia became a member of the EU and NATO, therefore, since then the country has been bound by the legal norms of these international organizations. The agreement with Belarus does not comply with these rules, the ministry stressed.

In April reportedthat the authorities of Latvia did not allow about 150 cargo trucks from Russia and Belarus to enter the country due to sanctions imposed by the European Union. Andrei Vaivers, representative of the State Revenue Service, noted that most of the drivers who were detained at the border were not informed about the ban. In the future, the Latvian authorities do not expect a large number of attempts to cross the state border by Russian and Belarusian trucks.

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