In a move that is expected to significantly impact Russia, Poland's Minister of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, announced new sanctions that will take effect immediately.
The primary focus of these sanctions is to ban all Russian-registered cars from entering Poland.
This decision comes as a response to Russia's ongoing aggression in Ukraine, which has seen attacks on both military and civilian targets.
Mariusz Kamiński elaborated on the specifics of the new sanctions, stating that no Russian-registered car, whether commercial or private, will be allowed to enter Polish territory.
This extends an existing ban that had previously only applied to Russian-registered trucks.
"The principle is simple: a car registered in Russia has no right to enter Poland. This is another element of sanctions imposed on Russia and its citizens due to the brutal war in Ukraine and the threat that the Russian state poses to international security," said Kamiński.
The new Polish sanctions align with guidelines published by the European Commission on September 8, 2023, which also called for a ban on Russian-registered cars entering the European Union.
Poland is the first EU member state to implement this ban, which will be effective from midnight.