Russia condemns Lithuanian traffic ban on Kaliningrad

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MOSCOW, June 20 (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Monday called Lithuania’s decision to ban the transport of certain goods to Russia’s Kaliningrad region “unprecedented” and promised to respond.

Lithuanian authorities have banned the movement of goods approved by the European Union into its territory, including the main railway line between the mainland of Russia and the Kaliningrad Exclamation in the Baltic Sea. Prohibited materials include coal, metals, construction materials and advanced technology.

“This decision is really unprecedented. It violates everything,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement to reporters on Monday.

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“We consider it illegal. The situation is very serious … we need a serious in-depth analysis to implement our response,” he added.

Kaliningrad receives goods from Russia via Lithuania via rail and gas pipeline between the European Union and NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

The Governor of Kaliningrad estimated that the ban would affect half of all goods brought into the region by rail.

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Reported by Gareth Jones, edited by Reuters by William McLean

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