Kaliningrad’s governor says the transfer would act as a response to the ‘blockade’ by Lithuania.
The governor of Russia’s Kaliningrad area has proposed a complete ban on the motion of products between Russia and the Baltic states in response to what authorities within the exclave have known as a “blockade” by Lithuania.
“As a reciprocal measure, we suggest to utterly prohibit the motion of products [including those in transit from third countries] between the three Baltic States and Russia,” Governor Anton Alikhanov mentioned, referring to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
“This may present actions to [our] maritime carriers and provides work to Kaliningrad ports, which have been hit laborious by the EU restrictions,” he added.
Lithuania on Monday expanded restrictions on commerce by way of its territory to the exclave as phase-ins of earlier introduced European Union sanctions towards Moscow took impact.
The EU commerce restrictions have been upgraded as governments, markets and firms fear Russia may select to increase the shut-off of the most important single pipeline carrying Russian fuel to Germany past a deliberate 10-day upkeep interval.
Check of resolve
Kaliningrad borders NATO and EU member states Lithuania and Poland and depends on railways and roads by way of Lithuania for many items.
The coastal territory has been reduce off from some freight transport from mainland Russia since June 17 underneath the EU sanctions regime.
Items that fall inside humanitarian or important classes, comparable to meals, are exempted from the sanctions.
The dispute over the isolation of Kaliningrad is testing Europe’s resolve to implement the sanctions amid fears of an escalating confrontation with Russia after different restrictions pushed Moscow to default on its debt.
EU officers, with Germany’s backing, sought in late June a swift compromise to resolve the standoff.
Nonetheless, sources informed the Reuters information company that Lithuania, as soon as dominated from Moscow inside the previous Soviet Union, had critical reservations about making what may very well be seen as a concession to the Kremlin.