OREANDA-NEWS. Official Skoda dealers in Belarus from May 5 temporarily suspend the sale of new cars of the Czech brand. Service of Skoda cars, including warranty obligations, continues in full, the company «FelOkt-service», the official distributor of Skoda in the Republic, said in a statement.

The suspension of sales of Skoda cars on the Belarusian market is connected with the entry into force of the resolution of the Council of Ministers on the introduction of sanctions against the companies Skoda, Liqui Moly and Beiersdorf, which refused to sponsor the 2021 IIHF World Championship if it were held in Belarus, writes the «Sputnik» portal. The Council of Ministers noted, that this decision was taken to ensure the protection of national interests, as well as taking into account the unfriendly actions of these companies against Belarus.

In March of this year, the State Standard for the Minsk region and Minsk suspended the sale of Skoda Rapid cars in Belarus. According to the data obtained by the agency «Autostat» in the Belarusian Automobile Association, at the end of 2020, official Skoda dealers in this republic sold 3,682 cars – 4% less than a year earlier. As a result, Skoda took the sixth place in sales among all car manufacturers in Belarus. Skoda's best-seller on the Belarusian market last year was the Rapid compact liftback with an indicator of 2,069 cars sold.