Poland and Latvia Should Join the Kaliningrad Transit Block

by Olha Povaliaieva
Friday, July 8, 2022
Poland and Latvia Should Join the Kaliningrad Transit Block

Lithuania and the European Commission prepare an explanatory supplement for the sanctions on the Kaliningrad transit: no green corridors and detours

Asta Skaisgirytė, head of the Lithuanian foreign minister, told RADIO LRT A about the joint work of diplomats from their state and the European Commission on a document with clarifications on the blocked transit from Kaliningrad.

"Lithuanian diplomats in Brussels are talking to representatives of the European Commission, they want to agree on a text that would be acceptable to both Lithuania and the European Commission, and this is good, this is not the case when the EC just gives orders, and we just go," Asta Skaisgirytė.

According to Gitanas Nauseda's adviser, transit should be extended to all states through which Russia can deliver its sanctioned goods. In particular, Poland and Latvia. The key point of the sanctions is not to prevent transit through Lithuania but not to allow transit through all countries that have signed up under the sanctions package, which includes a ban on the transit of sanctioned goods of the aggressor country.

"Firstly, transit countries should not be limited to Lithuania. Goods can also get from the main part of Russia to the Kaliningrad region through the territory of Latvia or Poland, and we must remember that if there is any agreement on how it should go, it should be valid for everyone," Asta Skaisgirytė.

"Lithuania's policy so far is that the transit of sanctioned goods should be prohibited and controlled. The moment of control must remain, and when someone talks about "green corridors" in the public space, there can be no thought that Lithuania does not control what is happening, where it is happening, and why it is happening on its territory," continued adviser Skaisgirytė.

We remind you that transit from Russia to Kaliningrad was blocked on June 17. And already on July 3, Lithuania began to dismantle the railway serving the route from Russia to Kaliningrad.

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