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Russia calls the ban on Lithuanian passage to Kaliningrad “unprecedented” and vows to respond

On Monday (June 20), the Kremlin called the Lithuanian decision to ban the transportation of some goods to Russia’s Kaliningrad region “unprecedented” and vowed to respond.

Lithuanian authorities have banned the transportation of goods licensed by the European Union across its territory, including the only rail route between mainland Russia and Kaliningrad in the Baltic Sea.

Banned goods include coal, metals, construction materials and advanced technology.

“This decision is truly unprecedented. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a phone call with reporters on Monday.

“I think this is illegal. The situation is not serious … we need a detailed analysis before we can formulate a response and the next step,” he added.

Between Poland and Lithuania, EU and NATO member states, Kaliningrad receives supplies from Russia via rail and gas pipelines through Lithuania.

The Governor of Kaliningrad estimated that the ban could affect up to half of all goods carried by rail to the area.

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