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    EU Parl't Member Wants Ban on Estonian Company’s Purchase of Russian Train Cars

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    Estonian member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet called Monday on the Estonian authorities to ban the possible purchase of Russian train cars by the national EVR railway company as the deal, from his point of view, violates the sanctions regime.

    TALLINN (Sputnik) – According to Paet, Russian companies cannot take a loan to buy train cars as they are targeted by the EU sanctions.

    "The Estonian EVR Cargo national company is going to spend a 35-million-euro [over $40 million] loan to buy train cars produced by the Russian plants and to rent them in Russia. There is an impression that the Estonian state company is in another reality – that the anti-Russian sanctions introduced by the European Union mean nothing for Estonia," Paet wrote on his Twitter page, calling on Estonian ministers to prevent implementation of the deal in order "not to put into question the Estonian commitment to the common EU policy toward Russia."

    "So Russia is using the EVR Cargo state company to bypass the sanctions and to gain money for getting new train cars," Paet added.

    The European Union introduced the anti-Russian sanctions after the eruption of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014 and Crimea’s decision to rejoin Russia. Russia refuted the accusations of the alleged interference in the Ukrainian internal affairs and imposed food embargo on the countries that targeted it with sanctions.

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