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Lithuania able to increase Kaliningrad blockade – president

The nation is ready to face retaliatory steps by Russia, Gitanas Nauseda has mentioned

Vilnius is able to increase the checklist of products banned from transit to Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad ought to the European Union introduce new sanctions towards Moscow, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda mentioned on Wednesday. The nation can be able to face any potential retaliatory measures Russia may introduce, he instructed Reuters in an interview.

“We are ready and we are prepared for unfriendly actions from Russia, such as disconnection from the BRELL [power grid] system, or others,” Nauseda mentioned.

The president careworn that the transit restrictions weren’t a sovereign move by Lithuania, however merely the implementation of the EU sanctions towards Moscow launched over the continuing battle in Ukraine. “We feel the support of the European Union, because this is a decision made by the European Union,” he mentioned, including that the nation was able to increase the checklist of banned items ought to the bloc introduce new restrictions towards Russia.

“We are looking forward to implementing the next stages of the sanctions, and it would be very good if the European Commission explains their content to the Russian authorities. It could remove some of the current tensions, which are not in the interest of either the European Union or Russia,” Nauseda said.

Over the weekend, Lithuania’s nationwide railway operator banned the circulation of sanctioned items between the area and the remainder of Russia, citing tips from the European Commission. The restrictions have additionally affected street visitors into the exclave, based on Kaliningrad officers. Both Vilnius and the EU insist that the restrictions don’t quantity to a “blockade” of the exclave.

Moscow, nonetheless, has unequivocally branded Vilnius’ move as an “economic blockade” of Kaliningrad Region, stating that it violated the nation’s worldwide obligations to make sure the uninterrupted transit of products to the exclave. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned on Monday that Vilnius’ resolution was “unprecedented” and in “violation of anything and everything.”

The head of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, warned that the “blockade” may invoke a response from Moscow that may “have a serious negative impact on the people of Lithuania.”

“Of course, Russia will respond to hostile actions. Appropriate measures are in the works, and will be adopted in the near future,” Patrushev instructed reporters throughout a go to to Kaliningrad on Tuesday.

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