Russia openly threatens Lithuania over blocked transit to Kaliningrad exclave

20 June, 08:13 PM
Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

On June 20, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Chargé d'Affaires of Lithuania, in connection with the country's decision to suspend the transit of sanctioned cargo from Russia to Kaliningrad, Russian state-owned propaganda outlet RIA Novosti reported.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Lithuanian diplomat was told that "if in the near future freight transit to the Kaliningrad region is not restored in full," the aggressor country "reserves the right to take action to protect its national interests."

The ministry added that Lithuania's actions were assessed as "openly hostile."

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On June 18, Lithuanian Railways stopped the transit of sanctioned goods between the Kaliningrad region, located between Germany and Lithuania, and the Russian mainland.

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

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