Lithuanian Blockade of Kaliningrad Violates EU Commitments - Russian Senator
© Sputnik / Mikhail GolenkovRoyal Gate after restoration in Kaliningrad. The Royal Gates are included in the list of objects of cultural heritage of federal significance.
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Lithuanian blockade of rail cargo transit to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad is in violation of EU commitments set out in its 1994 pact on partnership and cooperation with Russia, Senator Konstantin Kosachev said on Saturday.
"As an EU member state, Lithuania's sanctions… are in violation of an array of legally binding international laws that regulate the obligations of Lithuania and the EU as a whole," Kosachev said on social media.
Earlier on Saturday, Governor Anton Alikhanov said the state-owned Lithuanian Railways stopped transit of goods between Russia and its Baltic Sea territory starting at midnight on Friday, citing EU restrictions. Up to 50% of all rail cargo to Kaliningrad has been banned.
"Kaliningrad authorities are discussing transit limits with the Foreign Ministry and the Russian embassy in Lithuania," the governor said on social media.
Three options for response are on the table, including measures that would affect "the Baltic transit complex," Alikhanov said, without elaborating.
"Lithuanian limits on transit to Kaliningrad are illegal and may have far-reaching consequences… If our European neighbors do not lift these illegal restrictions we will recommend that the federal government take response measures," he said.