Lithuania has banned the transport of goods subject to European Union sanctions to the Russian Kaliningrad region by rail. Reuters reports. The 27 have imposed several sanctions packages against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
Kaliningrad region governor Anton Alichanov said on Friday that the ban covered 40 to 50 percent of goods imported by rail into the Russian enclave wedged between Lithuania and Poland. EU sanctions cover, inter alia, imports of coal, metals, building materials and advanced technologies. “We consider this step to be the most serious violation of the right to free transit to and from the Kaliningrad region,” Alichanov said. He added that if Lithuania does not lift the ban, it will have to negotiate to strengthen the transport of goods by sea.Read more Economist: Living standards in Russia are falling until 2006
The fact that the ban came into force was confirmed in a letter to its customers by the costly division of Lithuanian State Railways. The Foreign Ministry in Vilnius did not respond to the request for a statement, Reuters reports.
The Kaliningrad region receives deliveries of goods by rail through Lithuanian territory, and gas to this region also flows through a gas pipeline through Lithuania.Read more Lavrov: Russia will earn well on energy exports this year
In February, Lithuania closed its airspace for flights between the Kaliningrad region and Russia, so aircraft have to travel a longer route over the Baltic Sea.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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