Russia said Tuesday that there are still issues hampering the transit of sanctioned goods to Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea that’s sandwiched in between Lithuania and Poland.
Lithuania announced in June that it would start enforcing EU sanctions on goods traveling through its territory by rail to Kaliningrad, angering Moscow. The EU later told Lithuania it must allow transit to Kaliningrad, but the EU set limits on the amount of sanctioned goods that could be sent to the Russian enclave.
Anton Alikhanov, the governor of Kaliningrad, said Tuesday that they have already reached the quotas for certain goods. “As of today, we have already reached the ceiling set by the Europeans on railway transit of certain cargoes, for example, certain types of iron, steel, oil and petroleum products, fertilizers, antifreeze, timber,” he said, according to the Russian news agency Tass.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s ambassador-at-large Aleksey Isakov said that while Moscow has improved the situation through diplomacy, transit to Kaliningrad through Lithuania was still “far from normal.” Isakov said that Russia would be ready to retaliate if the situation deteriorated further.
When Lithuania announced the embargo on Kaliningrad, Lithuanian leaders said they weren’t worried that Russia would respond militarily because Vilnius is a NATO member. Lithuania didn’t want to reverse the decision over fears of appearing soft on Moscow but reluctantly allowed sanctioned goods to travel to Kaliningrad after the EU’s decision.
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Lithuania in support of the lithuanin Polish Ukrainian fascists makes them another target!
Another flashpoint of strife with Russia. These pin pricks and the pricks doing pricking are the monkey grinders chickens. Pity them at scare monkey time.
NATO lied? When did it not? That is how this war got started.
Be real, all governments lie when it’s convenient. Were talking about a world of thugs. It might help you to look at it like you have to choose between corporate gangsters and if you don’t pick a gang, you get beat down and trampled on. At least, that’s how I feel. Russia and China are hardly beacons of honesty and decency.
Keep angering nuclear powers, brilliant idea, if your inviting nuclear holocost. Have these idiots lost their minds? Do they realize how many poeple are going to die, and economies are going to fail if and when we go to war directly with China/Russia? There will be no winning, for anyone. Try a little thing called DIPLOMACY. Stop starting wars over moral outrage from a glass house from your high horse on hollow ground. VOTE THEM ALL OUT.
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