The Kremlin today described Lithuania’s decision to partially block the transit of goods to the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad as an “unprecedented decision” and “illegal”, and indicated that it is studying the possible response of Russia .
“It is an unprecedented decision, a total violation. We understand that this is linked to the corresponding decision of the European Union to extend the sanctions to the transit (of goods). We consider this illegal,” the spokesman for the Presidency, Dmitri Peskov.
Asked if he considered this decision a blockade of this region, the Kremlin representative answered in the affirmative.
Kaliningrad, formerly Konigsberg, is an enclave that is cut off from the rest of Russia and borders two EU and NATO countries, Lithuania and Poland.
Lithuanian authorities made a decision on Saturday to restrict rail traffic through its territory in the direction of Kaliningrad, as part of the sanctions imposed on Russia for its military campaign in Ukraine.
Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikhanov estimated that blocked cargoes make up 40-50% of the territory’s total imports.
Alikhanov admitted that the Lithuanian authorities informed the Kaliningrad railway service about his decision, which officially came into force at midnight from Friday to Saturday.
The governor explained that the transit blockade will affect “a large list of products” that are included in the European sanctions for the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.