A possible response to the restriction of Kaliningrad transit through the territory of Lithuania will not be diplomatic, but “practical steps”.
According to Ukrinform, this is reported by Interfax with reference to the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“As regards retaliatory measures (on the restriction of transit to Kaliningrad through Lithuania – Ed.), now possible response measures are being worked out in an interdepartmental format,” Zakharova said.
According to her, the European Union and Lithuania “were told about the need to change the steps taken, and if this does not happen, then retaliatory measures will be introduced.”
“We are talking about practical steps, let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” the representative of the ministry said.
In turn, the wording of the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on the same occasion was more diplomatic. He said that “the process of working out a solution is now underway.”
“Measures are being prepared. After we carefully weigh everything, we will already talk about something. It is too early to talk about what specific measures we are talking about now … There is no set form. Here the main thing for us is to respond to such unfriendly steps in order to meet some deadlines, ” said sands in response to a request to describe possible measures more specifically.
The day before, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev said at a meeting in Kaliningrad that the relevant measures are being worked out in an interdepartmental format and will be taken in the near future. At the same time, according to him, “their consequences will have a serious negative impact on the population of Lithuania.”
From June 18, pursuant to the decisions of the fourth package of EU sanctions adopted on March 15, 2022, restrictive EU measures were introduced in Lithuania regarding the import and transit of a number of positions of Russian products into the EU and through the territory of the EU. The restrictions apply to both rail and road transport.
The news comes against the background of the ongoing full-scale Russian aggression against Ukraine, which began on February 24. Since then, the European Union has adopted six packages of sanctions against Russia.