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Lithuania won’t compromise on transit of sanctioned goods to Kaliningrad, says president

Gitanas Nauseda noted that there can be no talk of any "corridors" to the Kaliningrad region

VILNIUS, June 26. /TASS/. Lithuania will not make concessions on the issue of transit of sanctioned goods to Russia’s enclave Kaliningrad region, President Gitanas Nauseda blogged on his Facebook page (banned in Russia; owned by Meta Corporation, which is designated as extremist in Russia).

"It is perfectly clear that Lithuania must and will apply the EU sanctions. Lithuania must and will maintain control over the goods transported via its territory, and any ‘corridors’ are out of the question, just as concessions to Russia are out of the question," the president said.

"The government should immediately begin consultations with the European Commission so that the imposed sanctions don’t harm either the interests of Lithuania or international agreements," he noted.

Earlier, Kaliningrad Region Governor Anton Alikhanov said that on June 18, Lithuania’s national railroad operator notified Kaliningrad of restrictions on the transit of goods between the region and mainland Russia. On June 21, news came that the restrictions affected road traffic as well.

The Kremlin branded the move as an economic blockade, while Lithuania and the EU insist the restrictions are only aimed at implementing the sanctions regime in place against Russia.