Amid threats, Lithuanian President reminded Moscow that the country is a member of NATO

Lithuania is ready for any steps by Russia in response to the decision of the country’s authorities to ban the transit of a large range of goods to the Kaliningrad region in accordance with the EU sanctions against the Russian Federation for aggression against Ukraine.

According to Ukrinform, about this in an interview Reuters Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda

“We are ready for unfriendly actions from Russia, such as disconnecting BRELL from the power grid system or others. But I do not believe that Russia will challenge us in a military sense, because we are a member NATO“, – he said.

Nausėda added that Lithuania is looking forward to the implementation of the next stages of the sanctions.

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“It would be good if the European Commission explained their content (of sanctions – ed.) to the Russian authorities. This could remove some of the current tension, which is not in the interests of either the European Union or Russia,” the president said.

Earlier, the Kremlin had warned Lithuania that Moscow would react to the ban on the transit of goods to Kaliningrad in such a way that its citizens would “feel the pain” of the move.

As Ukrinform reported, on the eve of the Russian Foreign Ministry called the head of the Lithuanian diplomatic mission Virginia Umbrasiene and protested to her in connection with the decision of the Lithuanian authorities to ban the transit of a large range of goods to the Kaliningrad region. A demand was made for “immediate lifting of restrictions” and at the same time it was stated that “Russia reserves the right to take action to protect its national interests.”

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After that, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry handed over a note to Charge d’Affaires for Russia Sergei Ryabokon with an explanation of EU restrictive measures for certain categories of goods in transit to Kaliningrad. During the meeting, the information disseminated by the Russian side that Lithuania had banned the transit transportation of passengers and goods not subject to the EU sanctions regime was refuted.


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