EUROPE: Representatives of the Polish railway industry have issued a joint call for the European Commission to impose ‘full and complete’ sanctions on the Russian and Belarusian railways because of their logistical role in the invasion of Ukraine.

The statement issued on March 3 is signed by Poland’s Federation of Independent Rail Operators, Railway Business Forum, Land Transport Chamber of Commerce and the Prokolej Foundation.

It calls on the European Commission to impose sanctions on rail, maritime and road transport between the EU, Russia and Belarus ‘similar to the full closure of airspace applied in the air transport’, along with ‘full sanctions’ on Russian Railways and Belarusian Railways.

‘This is a painful measure for the industry and for our customers, but it is absolutely necessary to stop supporting the Russian and Belarusian war machine directed towards Ukraine’, the organisations said.