Russia warns Lithuania of consequences over rail transit blockade

Kaliningrad, which has no land border with Russia, remains of strategic importance to Moscow

Russia has warned Lithuania of “serious” consequences after it banned the rail transfer of some goods to the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.

Russia “will certainly respond to such hostile actions,” senior security official Nikolai Patrushev said.

Lithuania says it is only following the EU sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Kaliningrad – a strategic region where Russia’s Baltic Fleet is headquartered – has no border with mainland Russia.

The western territory was annexed from Germany after World War Two in 1945 and is bordered by EU and Nato members Lithuania and Poland.

The region relies heavily on rail transit via Lithuania.

The EU has echoed Lithuania’s statement, saying that the country is just implementing sanctions imposed by the EU as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Source: BBC.

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