THE Russia asked today from Lithuania to lift it immediately ban which imposed the passage of some products to the Russian enclave Kaliningrad.
The Russian Foreign Ministry told the Lithuanian envoy to Moscow that unless the transit of goods between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russia through Lithuania was restored, Moscow would respond to protect its interests.
Lithuanian authorities have banned the passage of products subject to EU sanctions through its territory, through which the only railway link between Russia and Kaliningrad in the Baltic passes.
Prohibited products include coal, metals, building materials and high-tech products.
The Russian enclave is located between Poland and Lithuania – NATO and EU member states – and receives supplies from Russia via a rail link passing through Lithuania, as well as pipelines passing through that country.
The governor of Kaliningrad estimated that the ban could affect up to half of the products transported by train to the enclave.
Earlier, the Kremlin called the Vilnius decision “unprecedented” and warned that it would respond.
“This decision is truly unprecedented. “It’s a violation of everything,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov.
“We consider it illegal. “The situation is more than serious (…) we need a serious, in-depth analysis to consider our answer,” he added.