Russia has the right to act in the interests of Lithuania and to protect its interests while not lifting restrictions on the movement of goods between Kaliningrad and the Federation. This is what we read in the Moscow Foreign Ministry note, in which the account of the meeting of the Lithuanian Charge d’Affers Virginia Ambrose was expressed to him “with strong opposition to the ban imposed by Vilnius.
” It has demanded the immediate repeal of these restrictionsReads the warning note, “Until trade traffic between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia via Lithuania is fully operational” Russia has a right to protect national interests“.
As the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov recently denounced, Lithuania’s decision to restrict rail freight to the Kaliningrad region of Russia is illegal and unprecedented. “This decision is truly unprecedented and is the reason for the EU’s decision to extend traffic restrictions. We consider this illegal.” A Kremlin spokesman said the current situation was “serious” and that Russia’s response to the Lithuanian decision would come after a “more thorough analysis” in the next few days. At the same time, Peskov did not answer the question of whether the Kremlin had received any guidance from the Kaliningrad authorities on possible retaliatory measures.
Lithuanian Railways announced two days ago to the Kaliningrad Regional Railway Restrictions on the transport of a limited number of goods from Russian territories in accordance with European sanctions against Russia, To the extent of affecting traffic to the compressed Baltic region between Poland and Lithuania. According to Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikano, 40-50% of goods in transport are particularly affected by metals and construction materials. For weeks, Russian television has been calling for the establishment of a “corridor” between the enclave and the rest of the country, but this could mean a military offensive against Latvia and Lithuania, two EU member states and NATO. Moscow aims to avoid barriers to rail traffic by strengthening maritime traffic between Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg.
Lithuania – Lithuania halted the shipment of certain goods from Russia through its territory to the Kaliningrad region, or vice versa, as a result of EU sanctions in force since June 17. This is not Lithuania: it allows customers to verify that permitted goods such as steel and iron ore can not pass through Lithuania Lithuanian Railways Foreign Minister Gabriel Landsbergis explains on the sidelines of the Council in Luxembourg.
“This is an action – Landsbergis – in consultation with the European Commission, based on the Commission’s guidelines. Misinformation was spread by Russian authorities. This is not the first time, but I’m glad I can explain it. At the end of the year, in December,” he concludes.
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