Due to the inability to transport goods by land through the countries of the European Union (EU), Russia will have to use the seaports of Turkey or Kazakhstan for this, which can lead to higher prices for the final cost of products. Nikolai Topornin, a political scientist and Associate Professor of the Department of European Law at MGIMO, shared this opinion in an interview with URA.RU.
“We have a border with five EU countries: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland. There is a small one with Norway – there is 80 km, but it is far away and the country is not a member of the EU, although it complies with anti-Russian sanctions. Therefore, Russian land cargo commercial transport cannot get anywhere through these states. But there is a group of goods, for example, medicines, some food, baby food, which fall out of the sanctions and can be transported. And then the question arises, how to do it? Only through seaports. Plus, there remains a land route through Turkey, Georgia, Upper Lars in North Ossetia, and everything else through Kazakhstan. But what logistics will be long. How much everything will rise in price,” Nikolai Topornin explained.
The political scientist stressed that the complex logistics scheme for the delivery of imported products to Russia will be maintained until the end of the special operation in Ukraine. “For example, goods from Germany should be transported to Russia through Kazakhstan. What will be the logistics costs? Giant. As long as the special operation continues, it will be so, ”added Topornin.
By decree of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration of Poland, Mariusz Kaminski, from June 1, the movement of goods across the border with Belarus for trucks, tractors, trailers, semi-trailers and road trains registered in the republic or in Russia is suspended. The measure will be in effect until further notice.