Vilnius will not interfere in the issue of payment for Kaliningrad transit

Kaliningrad.  Freight trains at the railway station Kaliningrad-sorting

Kaliningrad. Freight trains at the railway station Kaliningrad-sorting

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Advisor to the President of Lithuania Kestutis Budrys said that Vilnius does not intend to interfere in the regulation of financial payments for freight rail transit to Kaliningrad. He announced this on Thursday, August 4, on the air of national radio.

“The search for a solution to the problem of payment for the transit transportation of goods should be dealt with by those economic entities that carry out this activity,” Budrys outlined the position of the official Vilnius. He added that this issue “is not a matter of interstate relations”, reports TASS.

The adviser recalled that there is no state bank in Lithuania that could accept payments. He noted that other countries that continue trade and economic cooperation with the Russian Federation are finding options for settlements.

Search for solutions for paying for Kaliningrad freight rail transit should not Lithuania, and Russia. This was previously stated by the Minister of Finance of the Baltic country. She added that government agencies cannot force Lithuanian commercial banks to accept payments from Russia.

At the end of July, the Lithuanian Šiaulių bankas, through which transit payments were made, announced the termination of all transactions with Russian clients from September 1. The decision was made against the backdrop of EU sanctions against Russia due to the situation in Ukraine. In Kaliningrad, in connection with this allowed to stop transit through Lithuania.

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