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If Russia cuts power in the Kaliningrad line, Lithuanian President is “ready”

Lithuania is prepared for Russia’s disconnection from the regional power network in retaliation for blocking the rail transport of Russian products to Moscow’s Kaliningrad, but no military conflict is expected, the president said Wednesday (22 June). ) Told Reuters.

After the Kremlin warned Lithuania on Tuesday (21 June), Moscow said it would respond to a ban on the transportation of EU-approved goods to Kaliningrad so that the citizens of the Baltic states would feel pain. ..

Lithuania has been sanctioned by the European Union across its territory with Kaliningrad, citing EU sanctions rules, as Moscow’s western relations over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were low for half a century. Banned the transportation of.

Kaliningrad is sandwiched between NATO member countries Poland and Lithuania and is supplied by rail via the territory of Lithuania.

Lithuania said it had to close its steel and other steel transportation routes from mainland Russia on Saturday (June 18) and under EU sanctions in force that day.

“We are ready and ready for unfriendly actions from Russia, such as disconnection from the BRELL (power grid) system,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said.

Thirty years after leaving the Soviet Union and 17 years after joining the EU, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the three Baltic states, depend on Russia for a stable power supply.

However, Lithuania installed equipment on the power link to Poland last year to quickly connect to the power grid of the European continent as insurance in the event that Russia cuts off the flow of electricity and could cause a power outage. ..

Mr Nauseda said Lithuania’s position as a NATO member meant that Russia would not “challenge us in a military sense.”

He also said he would expand the list of products that Lithuania is banning from reaching Kaliningrad as the gradual introduction of EU sanctions has arrived.

“We can remove some of the current tensions,” he added, when the European Commission explained the sanctions to Russia.

(Reuters)

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