Lithuania bans transit of sanctioned cargo to russia's Kaliningrad region

Lithuania bans transit of sanctioned cargo to russia's Kaliningrad region

russia is offended and believes that Lithuania grossly violated the rules of its accession to the EU

Lithuania bans transit of sanctioned cargo to russia's Kaliningrad region

Lithuanian railways stopped the transit of a number of russian goods under EU sanctions to Kaliningrad on Friday night. That was stated by the governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov, the Voice of America reports.

The ban will cover around 50 percent of the items that Kaliningrad imports. Alikhanov said that the additional ships to deliver goods would be required on the ferry line Ust-Luga – Baltiysk. 

According to the head of the region, by banning the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region, Lithuania has grossly violated the rules of its accession to the EU.

Kaliningrad region is a russian enclave bordering Lithuania and Poland. Rail passenger service is carried out through the territory of Lithuania without changes, and planes fly over the Baltic Sea, as the airspace of the EU is closed to russia.

In early June, the European Union adopted a sixth package of sanctions against russia, which, among other things, expanded the list of individuals and organizations to whom the restrictions on dual-use goods and technologies were applied.

In addition, the list of goods and technologies that can contribute to the technological improvement of russia's defense and security sector has been expanded. It includes 80 chemicals that can be used for chemical weapons.

It will be recalled that Lithuania was the first country to recognize the deportation of Ukrainians to russia.

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