The Kremlin has stated Lithuania’s transit ban on European Union-sanctioned items to Russia by Kaliningrad — Russia’s exclave within the EU — is “unacceptable.”
Moscow is contemplating measures in response to Vilnius’s “unfriendly steps,” in line with Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.
“We’re satisfied that the sanctions adopted by the EU are completely unacceptable. Making use of these sanctions concerning transit to Kaliningrad and again merely contradicts elementary agreements,” Peskov stated Wednesday, including that retaliatory measures are being mentioned.
Peskov refused to elaborate what these measures may entail and stated there was no precise timeline for Moscow’s response, however that it’ll announce them when they’re prepared.
“(Response) measures are being ready. After we fastidiously weigh every thing, we are going to speak about it,” he stated.
Some background: Russia has reacted furiously after Lithuania prohibited the passage of sanctioned items throughout its territory into Kaliningrad final week.
Peskov stated the transfer was “unprecedented” on Monday. “We additionally take into account it unlawful,” he stated, including that the Kremlin might want to analyze the state of affairs fastidiously. “It’s a part of a blockade, after all,” he stated.
Nevertheless, Lithuania stated it’s merely upholding European Union sanctions and the European bloc has backed the nation’s choice.
The row threatens to escalate tensions between Moscow and the EU, which has unveiled a number of packages of sanctions on Russian items — together with final month agreeing to ban 90% of Russian oil imports by the tip of 2022.