Lithuania has stopped the transit of sanctioned cargoes to the Kaliningrad region

Lithuania has stopped the transit of sanctioned cargoes to the Kaliningrad region

Lithuania stopped transit sanctioned cargoes to the Kaliningrad region

  Lithuania has stopped the transit of sanctioned goods to the Kaliningrad region

Lithuanian railways on the night of Friday to Saturday stopped the transit of a number of Russian goods that fell under EU sanctions to Kaliningrad. They notified the region's leadership about this, Kaliningrad Region Governor Anton Alikhanov said.

Almost 50 percent of all cargo delivered from Russian regions fell under the EU ban. Alikhanov said that now the ferry line Ust-Luga – Baltiysk will require additional ships to deliver goods. According to the head of the region, by banning the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region, Lithuania grossly violated the rules of its entry into the EU.

The Kaliningrad region is a Russian enclave bordering Lithuania and Poland. Rail passenger communication with it is carried out through the territory of Lithuania without changes, and planes fly over the Baltic Sea, since the airspace of the EU countries is closed to Russia.

In early June, the EU adopted the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, in which, among among other things, expanded the list of individuals and organizations subject to export restrictions on dual-use goods and technologies. In addition, the list of goods and technologies that can contribute to the technological improvement of the Russian defense and security sector has been expanded. It includes 80 chemicals that can be used to produce chemical weapons.