Lithuania Bans Transit of Sanctioned Goods to Kaliningrad

Lithuania announced a ban on transit of goods that are subject to EU sanctions through their territory to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The ban would take effect from Saturday.

Kaliningrad’s governor Alikhanov announced the news of the ban on Friday.

The sanctions list includes coal, metals, construction materials and advanced technology. Alikhanov said the ban would cover 50% of the items that the region imports.

The immediate start of the ban was confirmed by Lithuania’s state railways service in a letter to clients following “clarification” from the European Commission on the mechanism for applying the sanctions.

Alikhanov tried to reassure citizens that two vessels from St. Petersburg were already on their way with goods, and seven more would be in service by the end of the year.

Lithuania’s Deputy Foreign Minister Adomenas had previously told the ministry was waiting for “clarification from the European Commission on applying European sanctions to Kaliningrad cargo transit”.

Kaliningrad, stranded between EU and NATO members Poland and Lithuania, receives supplies from Russia via rail and gas pipelines through Lithuania.

Home to the headquarters of Russia’s Baltic sea fleet, it was captured from Nazi Germany by the Red Army in April 1945 and ceded to the Soviet Union after World War Two.

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