Russia “will definitely respond to such hostile actions,” said senior security official Nikolai Patrushev.
With “serious consequences” Lithuania has been threatened by Russia following the small country’s decision to block the shipment of goods subject to EU sanctions to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad in the Baltic Sea.
Russia “will definitely respond to such hostile actions,” the senior security official said. Nikolai Patrushev as reported by the BBC.
During a visit to Kaliningrad on Tuesday, Patroufev said the blockade by Lithuania was instigated by the West “in violation of international law”.
The secretary of Russia’s Security Council has warned that “appropriate measures” will be taken “in the near future”.
“Their consequences will be serious negative impact on the population of Lithuania “, he added, without giving more details.
Lithuania has said it is only implementing EU sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
Kaliningrad – a strategically important area where the Russian Baltic fleet is based – has no borders with mainland Russia.
This area was annexed by Germany (East Prussia – Koenigsberg) after World War II in 1945 and borders the EU and NATO members Lithuania and Poland. The area relies heavily on rail transit through Lithuania.
The EU has confirmed Lithuania’s announcement, saying the country is simply applying sanctions imposed by the EU as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier on Tuesday, the EU ambassador to Moscow was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry for a blockade.