The President of Lithuania said that the European Commission will clarify the procedure for restricting transit to Kaliningrad
European Commission (EC) will clarify the issue of restricting the transit of sanctioned goods in Kaliningrad region and will soon give detailed explanations on this matter. This was stated by the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda, writes Interfax.
The politician did not explain whether this intention implies a correction of the established order of restrictions on the Russian enclave. He stressed that all the difficulties related to this issue are the responsibility of the EC, not the Lithuanian government.
“I think that the explanation will be published in the very near future. I will not comment on its content because I do not want to comment on the content of documents that have not yet been published,” Nauseda said.
Lithuanian Railways notified Kaliningrad on the termination of the transit of goods subject to sanctions from June 18 European Union (EU). The restrictions affected from 40 to 50 percent of the entire range of goods, including construction materials and metals.
Russian Foreign Ministry demanded that the restrictions be lifted, pointing out that they effectively subjected the Russian region to a blockade. Diplomats also promisedthat response to action Vilnius will lie “in the practical plane”.
Later EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell explainedthat the EU does not want to blockade the enclave. He expressed the hope that Brussels will find a way to solve the problem with the transportation of goods without violating the sanctions imposed against Russia.