Estonia, following Lithuania and Latvia, banned the entry of cars with Russian license plates
The decision was made in connection with the recommendations of the European Commission. The fate of cars that have already entered Estonia from Russia will be discussed by the government on September 14
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Estonia has imposed a ban on entry into the country of cars registered in Russia since September 13. This is stated in the message of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Margus Tsakhkna, published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country.
According to him, the decision has already entered into force and is related to the explanations issued by the European Commission regarding the application of previously imposed sanctions against Russia.
The Minister recalled that Latvia and Lithuania had previously introduced a similar ban.
According to Tsakhkna, on September 14, a government meeting will discuss the fate of cars registered in Russia that are already on the territory of Estonia.
On September 10, the European Commission issued clarifications on the previously imposed sanctions against Russia. According to these explanations, entry into EU countries on passenger cars registered in Russia will be regarded as a prohibited import. Later, the European Commission clarified that each EU country will independently decide whether to follow these recommendations or not.
Since September 11, Lithuania has banned the entry of cars with Russian license plates, the next day Latvia also introduced a restriction. In turn, Finland decided not to follow the EU recommendations.
The Russian authorities consider Western sanctions illegal. After the clarifications issued by the European Commission, the head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and state Construction, Andrei Klishas, offered a mirror answer, and the deputy head of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, called for severing diplomatic relations with Brussels.