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“Transit ban – EU decision”: Lithuanian Foreign Minister reacted to Russian threats – UNIAN

Sanctions are currently being applied to railways.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis / photo: Delfi

The ban on the transit of steel and ferrous metal products between the main territory of Russia and the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation through Lithuania is not a decision of Lithuania, but sanctions EU in relation to Russia.

This was stated by the head of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry Gabrielius Landsbergis.

“Firstly, these are not Lithuanian actions, these are European sanctions that will be applied from June 17, and the sanctions are currently being applied by railways, which inform their customers that the goods that have been sanctioned since June 17 are steel and other products made from iron ore, which will no longer be imported through Lithuania, this is being done in consultation with the European Commission,” Landsbergis said on Monday ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Recall that the Russian Federation unambiguously threatens Lithuania because of the ban on the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region. Authorities say the transit ban “could be grounds for very tough and completely legal action.”

In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Lithuania’s Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Virginia Umbrasene. There she was told that if in the near future cargo transit to the Kaliningrad region was not restored in full, Russia reserves the right to take action to protect its national interests.

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