Stellantis suspends production in Russia

STORY: Stellantis will suspend production at its Russian plant.

In a Tuesday (April 19) statement, the company blamed logistical difficulties and sanctions imposed on Moscow.

The world’s fourth-largest automaker - home to brands like Peugeot, Citroen and Jeep - has just 1% of the country’s car market.

It co-owns a van-making plant with Mitsubishi in Kaluga, south-east of Moscow.

The Japanese firm suspended production at the facility earlier this month.

Stellantis had already stopped all exports and imports of vehicles with Russia after the start of the conflict in Ukraine in late February.

It moved production to Europe and said it was freezing plans for more investments in the country.

Van making in Kaluga was in place just for the local market.

Stellantis is the latest western company to quit Russia - since February, many others have announced temporary shutdowns of factories, or said they were leaving the country for good.

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