Kaliningrad siege: Lithuania Russia lies – controversy escalates


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Russia warns West of Lithuania’s siege of Russia’s Kaliningrad excavations The United States presents itself to “NATO allies”.

+++ 12.00 pm: Russia accuses EU Lithuania of “railway siege” on the city of Kaliningrad. The Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Simonite has denied the allegations.

Currently, travelers can travel freely throughout the Lithuanian territory to Kaliningrad. BBC Quoted. Only 1 percent of Russian freight traffic is affected by the “siege”. Lithuania on Saturday (June 18) blocked the transport of steel and metals as part of EU sanctions. Then threatened Russia retaliated. Restrictions were already in place in March, but with a three-month transition period.

Lithuania agrees to EU sanctions on Russia over aggression and war against Ukraine.

A senior EU ambassador in Brussels told the BBC

Siege of Kaliningrad: Lithuania implements EU sanctions.

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Updated June 3, 2022, at 3:50 PM: Russia, among other things, is considering excluding Lithuania from the common, harmoniously transformed power grid, according to reports by Russian foreign politician Leonid Slutsky. The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are still connected to Russia and Belarus via the BRELL ring system, dating back to Soviet times. They see this as a security risk and want it to be integrated into the European network by 2025 anyway, and, according to Lithuania, earlier.

The siege of Kaliningrad: talks about the Kremlin “provocation”

+++ 4.15pm: Russia has threatened to retaliate against Lithuania over a dispute over traffic restrictions in Kaliningrad. At a news conference on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova threatened that if the EU did not lift its sanctions, the answer would be “not in diplomacy, but in practice.” However, there are no specific details in their report. There was also a statement from the Kremlin. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said traffic restrictions violated the “basic documents” of the partnership between Russia and Lithuania. Peskov mentioned a contract from 1994. The reaction to the provocation is currently being prepared, the Kremlin spokesman said.

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+++ 3pm: The federal government has warned Russia of an expansion in Lithuania. “We therefore clearly reject the counter-measures announced by Russia,” government spokesman Stephen Hebstreet said in Berlin on Wednesday. “We call on Russia not to take any action that violates international law.” A government spokesman stressed that the transportation of some permitted items through Lithuania to Kaliningrad was prohibited, but that persons and unauthorized items would not be affected by the ban.

+++ 11.30am: Kaliningrad excavations in the Baltic Sea are part of Russia, but have been between Poland and Lithuania since the fall of the Soviet Union – one of the two most important supporters of the European Union and NATO countries and the government in Kiev. Ukraine war. Lithuania has now blocked exports of coal, metals, construction materials and high technology from Russia to Kaliningrad. Russia has now responded to the ban, according to Ria Novosti. Russia sees the move as “hostile” and is not ready for talks. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed the need for a “thorough analysis” of the situation. “Revenge” will be taken later.

Updated Wednesday, June 22, 11:00 AM: The United States has taken a defensive stance against Lithuania in a dispute over restrictions on freight traffic to the Kaliningrad region of Russia. Following Moscow’s threat that Russia would “respond to such hostility,” US State Department spokesman Netflix Washington said on Tuesday that Washington was backing its “NATO allies,” including Lithuania.

Article 5 of the NATO agreement explicitly states that an attack on a friendly country is considered an attack on all. He emphasized that the US commitment to this article was “inevitable”.

+++ 4.30pm: According to Ingo Gerhardt, lieutenant general of the German Air Force, NATO should take Russia’s threats seriously. One must be prepared for the nuclear threat and be able to prevent Moscow if necessary. “For credible prevention, we need both mechanisms and political will,” Gerhardt told the Keel International Seabower Symposium (KISS). The German Air Force analyst openly added nuclear weapons.

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+++ 12.45 pm: Russia has announced retaliatory measures against Lithuania, which could “have a serious negative impact on the Lithuanian people.” Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Badrushev said Moscow would soon respond to Lithuania’s blocking of the supply of coal, metals, construction materials and high technology from Russia’s mainland to Kaliningrad.

Appropriate measures are currently being developed “in an interdisciplinary format and will be taken in the future,” Badrushev was quoted as saying by Interfox. His warning came as Putin was forcing Russian retired General Evgeny Buzinsky to send nuclear weapons to Kaliningrad.

Siege of Kaliningrad: Moscow threatens EU member Lithuania

First report on Tuesday, June 21: The Kremlin is angry over Lithuania’s restrictions on Moscow – intercity train services. Russia Owned by the Baltic Sea Archaeological Survey of Kaliningrad and the Heart. The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused Lithuania of having “overtly hostile” restrictions on rail freight, while at the same time “having the right to take action to protect its national interests”. Brussels, meanwhile, insisted that the measures were in line with EU sanctions, but that guidelines on sanctions would be explored.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Lithuanian official was summoned to Moscow for “provocative” actions. From a Russian point of view, the restriction on the supply of goods violates the agreement between Russia and the European Union since 2002. However, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabriel Landsbergis and EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borel said the move was EU-friendly. Ukraine imposed sanctions in response to the Russian war of aggression against the European Union.

Kaliningrad: The siege has affected 40 to 50 percent of Russian imports

Kaliningrad is located in the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Poland and has no direct land connection with Russia. The port city is home to the Russian Baltic Fleet, and Russia says it has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles there.

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Landsberg said at a consultative meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg that traffic restrictions would affect steel products and other products made from iron ore. According to Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikanov, the siege could affect 40 to 50 percent of imports – except for metal, coal, construction materials and technical goods.

Ukraine war: Relations between Russia and Lithuania strained

The Kremlin spoke of Lithuania’s “unprecedented” decision to violate all policies. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed the seriousness of the situation, which is now being explored in terms of “reactions”. He did not mention the nature of these countermeasures.

Relations between Russia and Lithuania and the other two Baltic states, Latvia and Estonia, are already very tense due to the Ukraine war. The Baltic states fear the European Union and both countries as the next target of Russian military occupation NATO Belong to.

Regarding cargo restrictions, Landsberg said: “This is not Lithuania – it’s European sanctions that came into force on June 17.” The regulations are “implemented in consultation with the European Commission and in accordance with the directives of the European Commission”.

Ukraine shows similarity with Lithuania

For his part, EU foreign policy chief Borel stressed that this was not a matter of the Kaliningrad “siege” but of a ban on the transport of certain types of goods. “Ground transport between Russia has not been stopped or banned,” he told a news conference in Luxembourg. However, Borel promised that the EU would reconsider its guidelines on sanctions.

Unload Ukraine, Currently suffering mainly from Russian invasions from the Black Sea, meanwhile underlining its solidarity with Lithuania. Russia has no right to threaten Lithuania, Foreign Minister Dmitry Guelph said on Twitter. “We welcome the policy position of Lithuania and firmly support our Lithuanian friends.” (ktho / marv with dpa / AFP)

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