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Polish government nears resolution of Ukraine border blockade, Tusk says

Polish government nears resolution of Ukraine border blockade, Tusk says Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Polish government is approaching the end of the blockade by long-haul drivers at several points along the border with Ukraine, says Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk.

"We are close to the belief that our actions can bring results, both the talks in Kyiv and Brussels," stated Tusk.

It's worth noting that Polish farmers suspended their protests on Sunday, December 24, but long-haul drivers continued the blockade.

"I do not think that we will achieve the maximum that the truckers want, but it seems that what can be achieved will allow us to relieve emotions and relieve blockades on the border" explained the Prime Minister.

Tusk mentioned that the current permit rules would remain until June, and it was unlikely they would be changed before then.

However, he added that other solutions could be found "at an operational level."

"I will do everything possible to make the life and fate of Polish truckers easier," he said.

Polish border blockade

Since November 6, Polish carriers have been on strike at the border with Ukraine, intending to continue until the beginning of January 2024.

During the protest, several routes were blocked, allowing only one truck in and out per hour. Additionally, the Medyka-Shehyni border checkpoint was later blocked.

However, on December 22, Ukrainian and Polish officials agreed on an action plan to unblock the checkpoints at the border.

On their part, representatives from Poland announced their intention to unblock the border by the end of the year.