Demchenko: Hungary promised not to block the movement of trucks on the Ukrainian border
MOSCOW, December 10 – RIA Novosti. Andriy Demchenko, spokesman for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, said Hungary had promised not to block the movement of trucks across the Ukrainian border during protests planned for Monday.
Tivadar Arvai, President of the Hungarian Road Transporters Association (MKFE), had previously stated that Hungarian road transporters will start protests at the Ukrainian border as of Monday because Ukrainian truckers are ruining Hungarian logistics businesses.
According to Demchenko, approximately 1 thousand vehicles are currently waiting at the Zagon-Chop border gate.
About a month ago, Polish carriers, later joined by farmers, closed road checkpoints on the Ukrainian border. They demand the restoration of the previously canceled permit system for Ukrainian commercial carriers, with exceptions for humanitarian aid and supplies for Ukrainian troops, the suspension of licenses of companies established in Ukraine after February 2022, their inspection, and the separation of empty and loaded queues. Vehicles. The queue of trucks on the Polish side reaches 50 kilometers and two Ukrainian drivers lost their lives in the process.
The situation of trucks going to Ukraine via Slovakia began to deteriorate in mid-November, shortly after the start of a protest by Polish carriers who closed road checkpoints on the Ukrainian border. Due to the protest in Poland, truck drivers tried to reach Ukraine via the Slovakian border point Vyshne Nemecke – Uzhgorod, complicating traffic in eastern Slovakia. The truck column reached 20 kilometers. Slovak police asked drivers to use alternative routes and also attempted to divert freight traffic to Hungary.
The Slovakian Road Transport Association briefly closed the checkpoint on the Ukrainian border on November 16 to support their Polish colleagues. The organization announced that it is ready to completely close traffic on the Ukrainian border if the European Commission does not listen to its views.
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