Russia Threatens To Retaliate as Lithuania Bans Rail Transit to Kaliningrad

Russia Threatens To Retaliate as Lithuania Bans Rail Transit to Kaliningrad

Russia on Monday demanded the quick lifting of Lithuania’s “openly hostile” restrictions on the rail transit of EU-sanctioned items to Moscow’s exclave of Kaliningrad that borders Lithuania and Poland.

Moscow accused the Baltic nation of banning the rail transit of products topic to sanctions imposed by the European Union over Russia’s miliary marketing campaign in Ukraine.

Russia’s overseas ministry stated in a press release on Monday that it had summoned Lithuania’s cost d’affaires in Moscow to protest the “provocative” and “openly hostile” measures.

“If in the near future cargo transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of the territory of the Russian Federation through Lithuania is not restored in full, then Russia reserves the right to take actions to protect its national interests,” the ministry stated.  

According to the ministry, the transit ban violates a 2002 Russia-EU settlement 

The Kremlin stated Lithuania’s resolution was “unprecedented” and “in violation of everything there is,” and recommended that retaliatory measures would comply with.

“The situation is more than serious and it requires a very deep analysis before formulating any measures and decisions,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov instructed reporters.

Earlier on Monday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis stated the ban was imposed in compliance with European sanctions over Ukraine.

“These are European sanctions that started to work from June 17,” he instructed journalists in Luxembourg, specifying that on this case it involved the rail transport of metal merchandise.

‘No proper to threaten Lithuania’

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba criticized Russia following the assertion from Moscow’s Foreign Ministry.

“Russia has no right to threaten Lithuania. Moscow has only itself to blame for the consequences of its unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” Kuleba stated in a press release on social media.  

According to Kaliningrad governor Anton Alikhanov, the ban will have an effect on between 40-50% of all imports to the exclave. 

The listing consists of coal, metals, building supplies and superior expertise.

Speaking to Russian state TV on Monday, Alikhanov stated the state of affairs was “unpleasant but solvable” and the products may very well be delivered by sea.

These items weren’t supposed for commerce in Europe however for “supplying” the area, he added.

Wedged between EU and NATO members Lithuania and Poland, the closely militarized exclave of Kaliningrad doesn’t share a land border with Russia. 

The area — beforehand known as Konigsberg — was captured by Soviet troops throughout World War II and when the Baltic states turned unbiased with the dissolution of the united statesS.R. in 1991, the area turned minimize off from Russia.

The area on the shores of the Baltic Sea is the bottom of Russia’s Baltic Fleet and Moscow says it has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles there.

Relations between Moscow and Lithuania — as nicely its Baltic neighbors Latvia and Estonia — have soured for years, fueled by Russia’s heightened tensions with the West.

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