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Georgia restricts automobile exports to Russia

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Author: Daria Shekina

Georgia has restricted the export and re-export of American automobiles to Russia. This happened yesterday, accodign to the Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, cited by Echo Kavkaza.

It is also specified that the supply of automobiles imported from European Union countries will be restricted from September 26.

This is envisaged in the 11th package of EU sanctions against Russia.

Which specific automobiles cannot be imported into Russia

According to the sanction package, Russia is prohibited from importing automobiles with engine capacity exceeding 1900 cubic centimeters (1.9 liters), as well as all electric and hybrid vehicles.

What the Georgian government said earlier about this:

Georgian Minister of Economy Levan Davitashvili expressed hope that the re-export of automobiles to Russia would not stop. According to him, the trade of passenger cars is an important source of revenue for Georgia.

Georgia's stance on sanctions against Russia

The official authorities in Georgia state that they comply with all imposed sanctions by Western countries against Russia. However, Georgia itself does not plan to introduce sanctions against Russia.

A month ago, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy implemented the decision of the National Security and Defense Council regarding new personal sanctions against 190 individuals and 290 legal entities. The list of sanctions includes Georgian airline Georgian Airways, which resumed flights to Russia.

In May, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the North Atlantic Alliance expects non-NATO countries to adhere to sanctions that complicate Russia's financing and organization of its aggressive war against Ukraine.