COLOGNE, Germany—Koelnmesse GmbH is suspending its cooperation with Russian companies in accordance with measures and requirements of the German government, the trade fair company has announced.
"Acts of war like this are the absolute antithesis of our own values. As a trade fair organizer, we stand wholeheartedly for peaceful coexistence, free trade and the unrestricted exchange of goods around the world," said Koelnmesse in a statement March 2 statement.
"Unfortunately," it went on to say, "this exchange is no longer possible at the moment (with Russia).
"In accordance with the measures and requirements of the German government, we are suspending our cooperation with Russian companies at our trade fairs until further notice," it continued, adding that it will, however, remain in contact with its partners in Russia.
"Although they have been banned from participating de facto, we do not place blame on them for the current developments," the company said.
Koelnemesse added its onsite sales team in Kyiv "is doing well considering the circumstances."
Koelnemesse is set to host Tire Cologne 24-26 May. The company confirmed to European Rubber Journal that the decision will also affect the tire event, meaning Russian exhibitors will not be able to take part.
Tire Cologne organizers have not yet published a full list of exhibitors at the event.
European Rubber Journal contributed to this story.