German-linked non-governmental commercial organizations tried to promote the idea of creating a “so-called German autonomy” in the Kaliningrad region, declared Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev. According to him, all such attempts were neutralized, and funding for such NGOs came from the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Belgium.
In addition, Patrushev continued, in the Kaliningrad region, “the facts of the collection of information by the Polish special services to inspire discontent among the Russians” were established. Against the backdrop of these events, he stressed, vigilance in the region should be strengthened, and work on the prevention of terrorism and extremism should not be abandoned, taking into account the supply of weapons to Ukraine.
In addition, Patrushev promised that in the very near future Russia would respond to Vilnius on “ttransport blockade» Kaliningrad region and these measures “will have a serious negative impact on the population of Lithuania.” He added that the republic’s actions are “a violation of the norms and principles of international law.” This example, he said, “shows that one cannot trust not only the oral statements of the West, but also written ones.”
The conflict between Russia and Lithuania due to the termination of the transit of goods through the republic
Earlier, Lithuanian Railways stopped transit trains with goods subject to EU sanctions. informed Governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov. According to him, this measure affected building materials, cement, metals and a number of other important goods. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis confirmed this information and clarified that the ban on the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region was introduced after consultations with the European Commission and under its leadership.
On June 20, Senator Andrey Klimov in his Telegram channel named what is happening is “direct aggression against Russia”: “If the European Union does not immediately correct the impudent trick of Vilnius, it will itself disavow for us the legitimacy of all documents on Lithuania’s membership in the EU and will untie its hands to solve the problem of Kaliningrad transit created by Lithuania by any means we choose.”
His colleague Senator Andrei Klishas considered Lithuania’s actions “actually blockade” the Kaliningrad region and “violation of the sovereignty” of Russia. According to him, this could become “the basis for very tough and absolutely legal actions on the part of Russia.”
On June 20, Chargé d’Affaires of Lithuania in Russia Virginia Umbrasiene was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where she was protested and demanded to lift restrictions related to the transit of goods. The department clarified that if the blocking is not lifted, then Russia will take measures to protect its interests.
The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry responded by saying that it did not impose its own sanctions, but only fulfilled the requirements of the European Union. The ministry reminded thatpassengers and goods that are not subject to the sanctions regime will continue to cross the territory of the republic.