The Russian leadership has again criticized the transit restrictions for the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, which belongs to Moscow but lies between EU countries Poland and Lithuania threatened with “practical” reprisals. In a press briefing on Wednesday, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova threatened that an answer would be “not in the diplomatic but in the practical sphere” if the EU did not lift its restrictions.
According to statements by the Russian foreign politician Leonid Slutsky, Russia is considering, among other things, excluding Lithuania from a common, synchronously switched power grid.
The Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are still connected to Russia and Belarus via the BRELL ring system, which dates back to Soviet times. Because they see this as a security risk, they want to be integrated into the European network by 2025 anyway, and according to Lithuania, earlier.
The Kremlin also spoke up again on Wednesday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the transit restrictions went against “the basic documents” of the EU-Russia partnership. The 1994 partnership agreement provides for free transit of goods, he said. A response is being prepared, he said. He did not give details of possible countermeasures and when.
Lithuania had the on Saturday The transit of goods that are on the EU sanctions list through its territory is prohibited. According to Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikhanov, the restrictions will affect 40 to 50 percent of transit between core Russia and Kaliningrad.
Among other things, no cement, building materials or metals can now be brought overland to the Russian Baltic Sea region. In Kaliningrad, therefore, hamster purchases for individual product groups have already started. (dpa)