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KIEV, February 24. /TASS/. Radically-minded participants in the blockade of Russian trucks in Ukraine are ready to continue it regardless of the government’s decision on the issue, one of the blockade organizers in the Transcarpathian region Taras Deyak said on Wednesday.
"Today we assemble all blockade coordinators in Lvov to decide on further action. Whatever the government decision on the transit is, we will block the traffic and insist on banning the passage of Russian heavy trucks and then the whole Russian business. If the government opens the roads, we will block them all the same," Ukrinform news agency quotes him as saying. Deyak added that at the moment consultations with lawyers, economists and political scientists regarding the blockade format were under way.
The issue of Russian trucks transit may be addressed at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Infrastructure Minister Andrey Pivovarsky said earlier.
On February 11, Ukrainian radicals in the Transcarpathian Region announced an open-ended action to block transit of Russian trucks from and to the European Union. Later they were joined by radically set citizens in nine more regions: Volyn, Rovno, Lvov, Transcarpathia, Ivano-Frankovsk, Zhitomir, Vinnitsa, Sumy and Chernovtsy.
In response, on February 14 Russia suspended movement of Ukrainian trucks across Russian territory. On February 15, the Ukrainian government officially announced suspension of transit traffic of trucks registered in Russia.
Last Tuesday, Kiev and Moscow reached an agreement on a back-home regime for truck transit to allow drivers return to the country of registration. The regime expires on February 25.