The Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev said that Moscow will soon respond to Vilnius’ decision to ban some goods from transiting to the Kaliningrad region. He also said that ordinary residents of Lithuania will feel the consequences of these actions.
According to Patrushev, the situation in the border region is “shaped in the context of the construction of the North Atlantic bloc’s military and intelligence presence near the Russian state border, and also under the influence of unprecedented political, informational and economic influences. Pressure from the West.” “The latest example of this is Lithuania’s blocking of transit passage of a large group of goods from its territory to the Kaliningrad region, violating the norms and principles of international law, on the recommendation of Western countries. “This example shows that the West cannot be trusted not only in verbal but also in written statements,” he said.
The Secretary of the Security Council added that Russia would certainly respond to “such hostile acts”. “Relevant measures are being worked out in a cross-departmental format and will be taken in the near future. Its consequences will have a serious negative impact on the Lithuanian population,” Patrushev summarized.
Household appliances, horses and caviar
The Ministry of Economic Development of the Kaliningrad Region issued goods listIt is subject to a ban on transit through the territory of Lithuania. It contains 66 pages and repeats the list of sanctioned goods that cannot be supplied by EU countries to Russia.
Vehicles with a value of more than 750 Euro will not be allowed to be transported, especially for household appliances with a value exceeding 750 Euro, musical instruments with a value exceeding 1.000 Euro each, and vehicles intended to transport people by land, air or sea, excluding ambulances. Traction mechanisms for motorcycles, chairlifts and funiculars for 50 thousand, more than 5 thousand € each, via Kaliningrad, Lithuania. The list also includes industrial equipment, machine tools and manufacturing machinery, and construction materials.
Also, various luxury items, works of art and antiques, billiards and bowling equipment, golf equipment, thoroughbred horses, caviar, truffles, cigars and perfumes will not be able to be imported into Russia via the Russian semi-exclave. EU country.
“The blockade is not spoken”
Earlier, Vilnius informed Kaliningrad that the rail transit through the territory of a number of goods supplied from the main territory of the Russian Federation ceased from June 18. The transportation of petroleum products to Kaliningrad via Lithuania continues. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned EU Ambassador Markus Ederer because of Lithuania’s restrictions on transit of goods. Commenting on the situation with the transit of goods, the diplomat said that Lithuania “does not take unilateral measures, but imposes EU sanctions”.
“I also met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko for 20 minutes. We exchanged views on the situation of the transition from Lithuania to the Kaliningrad region. “I had the opportunity to make it clear that there was no mention of the EU’s transit ban, the blockade,” he said. aforementioned It does.
The Russian side, in turn, requested Restart the Kaliningrad crossing immediately and threaten retaliatory measures.
On the eve of the Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov described Lithuania’s decision to stop the transit of some goods as “unprecedented”. “The decision is truly unprecedented. This is a violation of anything and everything. We understand that this is due to the European Union’s decision to expand sanctions to include transit. We also see this as illegal,” RIA Novosti quotes him.
Peskov stressed that the situation is “more than serious” and requires “very deep analysis”.
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