News ID: 322427
Published: 0346 GMT June 20, 2022

Russia warns Lithuania over Kaliningrad restrictions

Russia warns Lithuania over Kaliningrad restrictions
MIKHAIL JAPARIDZE/TASS

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has demanded the immediate lifting of Lithuania’s “openly hostile” restrictions on the rail transit of EU-sanctioned goods to Moscow’s exclave of Kaliningrad.

Sandwiched between European Union and NATO members Poland and Lithuania, Kaliningrad receives supplies from Russia via rail and gas pipelines through Lithuania, Al Jazeera reported.

The Baltic nation of Lithuania announced last week that it was banning the rail transit of goods that are subject to EU sanctions from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad.

The list includes coal, metals, construction materials and advanced technology.

“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 Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The ministry said it had summoned Lithuania’s charge d’affaires in Moscow to protest the “provocative” and “openly hostile” measures.

Earlier on Monday, the Kremlin said Lithuania’s decision was “unprecedented” and “in violation of everything there is”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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