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Lacking Any Other Alternative, Czechs Want To Continue Importing Russian Steel

As TASS reports, Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Sikela has confirmed that the Czech Republic formally requested that European Union sanctions authorities extend their waiver of the ban on imports of Russian steel to 2028, because such supplies are vitally critical for the Czech economy.

“In the current situation in the construction industry, for example, in building bridges, we will not be able to do without it,” referring to the Russian steel, the minister was quoted as saying. The Czech Republic hopes that the EU will agree to remove steel from the list of Russian goods subject to EU sanctions, Sikela said. The waiver request pertains primarily to thick steel plates, Euractiv portal noted.

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