Estonia calls on EU to ban goods transit through Russia

Estonia calls on EU to ban goods transit through Russia

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has called for a complete ban on the transit of European Union goods through Russia.

That's according to Bloomberg, Ukrinform reports.

"The easiest thing to do would be to ban transit in all countries bordering Russia," Kallas said.

She added that a solution is needed for the entire EU, not just Estonia.

"A separate Estonian sanction wouldn’t solve the problem because the exports would just move to another border country," the prime minister said.

Estonia's exports to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Armenia and Uzbekistan have increased since last year, Kallas said, adding that she doubted whether many of the goods reached there after transiting through Russia.

Since last year, Estonian exports of semiconductors to Kazakhstan, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan have increased by 189%, 222% and 21,576%, respectively, the prime minister said, calling on the EU to take action on the issue.

Read also: Russia buys microchips, drones for war in Ukraine through Kazakhstan

Representatives of Finland, Poland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania met this week in Helsinki to discuss sanctions controls on their borders.

As Ukrinform reported, Hungary has changed the conditions for importing goods of Ukrainian origin, increasing the transit time from 7 to 15 days.

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