The head of the Kremlin’s safety council has threatened the “population of Lithuania” in an escalation of the row over Lithuanian railway’s refusal to permit some items to pass the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
After a gathering within the area, which is wedged between Lithuania and Poland, 800 miles from Moscow, Nikolai Patrushev upped the rhetoric by way of threatening “serious consequences”.
“Russia will certainly respond to such hostile actions,” Patrushev mentioned. “Appropriate measures … will be taken in the near future … Their consequences will have a serious negative impact on the population of Lithuania”.
At the weekend, Lithuanian state railway had informed Russian shoppers it will not shipping metal or iron ore throughout EU territory to Kaliningrad, at the Baltic sea.
Goods banned from coming into the EU beneath sanctions offered after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine come with Russian coal, metals, building fabrics and complicated generation. Just lower than part of the products that pass Lithuania in about 100 teach trips each month fall beneath EU sanctions, despite the fact that there are other dates for them entering power.
A ban on oil is probably not enforced till December as a part of a compromise a number of the 27 EU member states.
The railways announcement brought about some panic buying groceries in Kaliningrad and an indignant reaction from Moscow, the place officers accused Lithuania of breaching transit agreements struck in 2004.
The European Commission has mentioned Lithuania used to be performing legally, despite the fact that the EU’s head of overseas coverage, Josep Borrell, mentioned on Monday that he would “double check”, in what gave the impression to be an try to take the edge out of the row.
Patrushev, one in all Putin’s closest aides, have been talking after a gathering in Kaliningrad, whilst previous on Tuesday Russia’s overseas ministry summoned the EU ambassador to Moscow, Markus Ederer, over the “anti-Russian restrictions”.
“The inadmissibility of such actions, which violate the relevant legal and political obligations of the European Union and lead to an escalation of tensions, was pointed out,” the ministry mentioned in a commentary.
Speaking in a while after the assembly, Ederer mentioned he had known as at the Russian govt to “remain calm” and “resolve this issue diplomatically”, the Russian information company Tass reported.
Kaliningrad, the place Russia’s Baltic Sea fleet has its headquarters, has a inhabitants of about 500,000. It used to be captured from Nazi Germany by way of the Red Army in April 1945 and ceded to the Soviet Union on the finish of the warfare.