Russia threatens Lithuania because of the blockade of the transit of part of the cargo to the Kaliningrad region

16:48 20 June Kyiv, Ukraine

The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded that Lithuania immediately lift the ban on the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region and summoned Lithuanian charge d'affaires Virginia Umbrasene to the ministry.
 
Umbracene stated that if cargo transit to the Kaliningrad region is not restored in full in the near future, Russia reserves the right to take actions to protect its national interests.
“We regard the provocative measures of the Lithuanian side, which violate the international legal obligations of Lithuania, primarily the Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the European Union on transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of the territory of the Russian Federation of 2002, as openly hostile,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
A day earlier, Lithuania officially announced that it had stopped the rail transit of part of the cargo from the main territory of Russia to the Kaliningrad region.. In addition, after August 10, restrictions may also affect the supply of petroleum products.

In order to intimidate Lithuania, the Russian Federation announced that they would conduct "exercises" in the Kaliningrad region, during which they would fire from the Grad and Uragan MLRS, large-caliber guns "Hyacinth" and other artillery weapons

Member of the European Parliament, former Minister of Defense of Lithuania Rasa Yuknevicienė reacted to the threats of the Russian Federation, which followed the imposition of sanctions by the European Union that impede the transit of goods to Kaliningrad.

She stated that the Russian economy should be responsible for the war waged by Putin and recalled that NATO is not involved in sanctions - this is the business of the European Union, and Lithuania, as a member of the EU, implements these sanctions.

In Russia, Senator Andrey Klimov has already threatened Lithuania to resolve the issue of transit "by any means". He believes that the blockade of the Kaliningrad region by the hands of Lithuania is carried out by NATO.

According to Yuknevechyne, NATO is a kind of scarecrow for Russia, with this threat it justifies many of its actions, including the war in Ukraine.
“Russia is making an enemy out of NATO in order to prove to the people of Russia that there is a threat of attack, ” the MEP said.
Recall that from Saturday, June 18, Lithuanian railways stopped the transit of sanctioned goods between the Kaliningrad region and the main territory of the aggressor country of the Russian Federation. Lithuania received the relevant clarifications from the European Commission.

The preliminary ban will affect 40-50% of the range of goods that were previously transported between the exclave and the rest of Russia. Among the most common cargoes are building materials, cement and metals.