Price expressly referred to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, according to which an attack on an allied country is regarded as an attack on all. He stressed that the US commitment to this article was “inevitable”.
Kaliningrad is located on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Poland and has no direct land connection to Russia. EU member Lithuania announced last week that it would restrict rail traffic between Russia and its exclave. Goods that fall under the EU sanctions against Russia can no longer be brought by rail from Russia to Kaliningrad via Lithuania. These include above all metals, building materials, technology goods and coal.
According to the governor of Kaliningrad Anton Alikhanov, 40 to 50 percent of imports could be affected by the “blockade”.. As a result, the head of the National Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, announced retaliatory measures on Tuesday with “serious negative consequences for the population of Lithuania”.
Asked about the Russian comments, Price said his government would not speculate about “Russian saber-rattling or Russian bluster.” (AFP)