Lithuania’s determination to ban the transit of sanctioned supplies to Russia via the Kaliningrad area — Russia’s exclave in the European Union — is “unprecedented” and Russia considers it “unlawful,” stated Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
This determination is actually unprecedented. It is a violation of every thing,” Peskov instructed reporters throughout an everyday convention name on Monday.
“We additionally think about it unlawful,” Peskov stated, including that the Kremlin might want to analyze the state of affairs rigorously. “It’s a part of a blockade, after all,” he stated.
Lithuanian Railways, the state-owned railway firm, had notified Russia that beginning midnight on June 18, transit trains with items topic to EU sanctions would not be allowed to go via, the governor of the Kaliningrad area Anton Alikhanov stated on his telegram channel Friday.
The checklist of the banned items consists of development materials, cement, metals and “numerous different items necessary each for development and for manufacturing,” in line with Alikhanov.
Some background: Lithuania’s determination is the newest by an EU member state to sanction Russia following its invasion of Ukraine in February.
On the finish of Could, the European Union agreed to ban 90 % of Russia oil imports by the top of the yr, alongside different measures, European Council leaders stated on the time.
“Settlement to ban export of Russian oil to the EU. This instantly covers greater than 2/3 of oil imports from Russia, chopping an enormous supply of financing for its conflict machine,” Michel announced in a tweet.
In the meantime in the USA, the White Home introduced one other spherical of sanctions focusing on Russian authorities officers and elites near Russian President Vladimir Putin with a sequence of latest monetary and diplomatic sanctions at the beginning of June.
The White Home stated in a press release that the newest sanctions are designed “to crack down on evasion and tighten our sanctions to reinforce enforcement and enhance stress on Putin and his enablers.”
CNN’s Niamh Kennedy, Jeremy Diamond, Betsy Klein and Kate Sullivan contributed reporting to this submit.