Lithuania will stop rail transit of sanctioned cargo to Kaliningrad from 00:00 on June 18. This was announced in his Telegram channel on Friday, June 17, by the governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov.
He said that the Lithuanian Railways had notified about this, although the authorities of the region had not received any explanations from the European Commission on this matter.
“Lithuanian railways notified Kaliningrad railways that from 00:00 tomorrow they will stop transiting a large list of goods from the Kaliningrad region and to the Kaliningrad region from other regions of the Russian Federation that fall under European sanctions,” Alikhanov said in a video message.
Alikhanov said that 40-50% of goods transported between the regions of the Russian Federation and the Kaliningrad region fall under the ban. Among them are goods important for construction and production of finished products.
The European Union, through Lithuania, made an attempt to “economic strangle the region,” Gazeta.Ru reports Alikhanov’s assessment. According to him, in the context of the ban, it will be necessary to urgently supply new ships to the Ust-Luga-Baltiysk ferry line, which will require the assistance of the federal authorities.
In April, it was reported that the European Union ban on freight transport links with Russia and Belarus would not affect the transit of goods from the main territory of the Russian Federation to the Kaliningrad region, since this is an intranational transit, so the restrictions do not apply to rail and road transport.
The ban on the transportation of goods by transport of Russia and Belarus was introduced as part of the fifth package of anti-Russian sanctions of Western countries. However, it did not apply to the transportation of medicines, food and road transport for humanitarian purposes.
Western countries began to impose new sanctions against Russia in response to the operation carried out by Moscow since February 24 to protect the civilian population of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR). The beginning of the special operation was preceded by the aggravation of the situation in the region, the appeal of the leadership of the republics to Russia with a request for help and the subsequent recognition of the independence of the Donbass republics by the Russian Federation.
Since 2014, the Ukrainian authorities have been carrying out an operation against residents of the DPR and LPR, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état in Kyiv.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.