See the link below. This seems to be another example of Russia cutting off its nose to spite its face. Russia is leaving the TIR convention which allows trucks to travel internationally. The PR reason is one particular accident discussed in the link. There seems to be an underlying political conflict with Lithuania as well. Owners and drivers of Russian truck tractors will benefit hugely. However, there is no evidence that they will be safer, indeed, given the age and condition of Russia trucks, the opposite is likely. Meanwhile, all Russian consumers will have to pay higher prices. Is this worth it to be spiteful to Lithuania? Consider recent attempts to strong arm Ukraine and Armenia from closer links with the EU. Are such actions the path to long term cooperation? Are the middle levels of Russian government full of idiot nationalists? Who put them there? Russia has full employment. Where will the new drivers come from? Road safety is a concern in Russia. Have other readers noticed the disappearance of the Mashrutki? Those that survive are increasingly imported Mercedes minibuses rather than Gazelles. Russia actually needs better vehicle and driver licensing systems and a test program to remove dangerous vehicles from the roads. http://www.russiasupplychain.com/wh...8420.gde_3788420_member_5792964165589032961#!