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European Commission approved Lithuania blockade of Russia’s Kaliningrad

Samizdat | June 20, 2022

Lithuania’s decision to block the transit of goods by rail from Russia to Kaliningrad – the country’s western-most exclave that sits between Poland and Lithuania – was made after consulting and getting the approval of the European Commission, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsberg said on Monday.

Landsberg made the statement during an EU foreign ministers meeting, where he explained that starting June 17, Lithuania would no longer allow the transit of sanctioned goods through its territory. “This decision was made after consultations with the European Commission and implemented under its guidance,” the minister said.

Last week, Kaliningrad Region Governor Anton Alikhanov warned that the authorities in Vilnius were planning to cut the rail transit of goods from other parts of Russia to the region.

On Saturday, Lithuania’s state-owned rail operator confirmed it would partially halt the transportation of goods to Kaliningrad, which Alikhanov claims will affect up to 50% of all cargo flow to the region.

Russian officials have stated that Lithuanian’s move is an egregious breach of international law and akin to a full blown economic blockade and an attempt to “place the region in an economic chokehold.”

Russia has warned that unless the ‘blockade’ of Kaliningrad is lifted immediately, Moscow may have no choice but to “untie its hands” and rectify the situation by any means necessary.

Many countries, including EU member states, imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in response to the military campaign in Ukraine launched by Moscow in late February. The European bloc closed its airspace to Russian aircraft on February 27, and Moscow responded in kind, banning many European airlines.

June 20, 2022 - Posted by | Aletho News | , ,

5 Comments »

  1. There is Kaliningrad. It died with the Soviet Union along with thousands of Soviet decrepit war ship rusting in the Baltic Sea. It is called Königsberg.

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    Comment by Bob | June 20, 2022 | Reply

  2. The same thing happened in the late 1930s when the Poles shut off access to the historically German city of Danzig. This, along with the atrocities committed by the Poles sparked the 9/1/39 invasion. All of this is entirely avoidable, but hidden hands are pushing vehemently for World War III.

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    Comment by Joe | June 20, 2022 | Reply

    • Joe, you obviously have a very limited knowledge of history. Most all academic historians admit that in1939 the Nazis reported atrocities that never occurred, as the excuse for invading Gdansk and Poland. If you do your homework, Joe, you will find that Gdansk and the coastal city of Sopot, and even Szczecin, as far back as the 10th century were part of the Polish Kingdom until the barbaric, non-christian germanic tribes started their eastward expansion. As you may have read, the Nazi invasion of Slavic countries was a continuation of the germanic notion of a right to eastern farm lands regardless of the nations that had multi-century occupation of said lands. Well Joe, go to your local university library before you spout nonsense.

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      Comment by sparrow | June 22, 2022 | Reply

  3. This casus belli can be used by European countries as an excuse not to invoke NATO’s article five.

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    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | June 21, 2022 | Reply


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