MOSCOW, June 21. /TASS/. Lithuania should have realized that it will face serious consequences for restricting railroad transits of goods to Russia’s exclave region of Kaliningrad, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
"They should be aware of consequences, and the consequences will follow, unfortunately," Maria Zakharova told the Solovyov Live television channel.
If Russia qualifies other countries’ decisions as "openly hostile," there won’t be any attempts to find a "formula" to defuse the situation, Zakharova said.
"Such steps are inadmissible, they will bring about an appropriate response," the diplomat said.
Lithuania informed Kaliningrad that transit of some goods from Russia to the region would be limited from June 18 due to EU sanctions, Kaliningrad Region Governor Antron Alikhanov said on June 17. He said the move was illegitimate as it violated the agreements the country committed to when joining the EU.
Andrey Klishas, who chairs Russia’s Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, branded Lithuania’s actions as a blockade and noted that this may force Russia to retaliate with very tough and absolutely legitimate measures, while Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Lithuania’s decision required some serious analysis following which Russia would develop retaliatory measures.