The European Union does not want to block maritime traffic between Kaliningrad and Russia, it intends to prevent a possible circumvention of sanctions. This was announced on Thursday, June 23, by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, during his speech in Brussels.
“The situation with Kaliningrad is not a blockade. We don't want to block traffic between Kaliningrad and Russia, but at the same time we need control to prevent circumvention of sanctions imposed by the EU. And this must be done at the same time, it is possible,” he said.
The ban on the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region from Lithuania came into force at midnight on June 18. It was introduced as part of the fifth package of anti-Russian sanctions of the EU countries.
On June 20, Borrell said that there was allegedly no blockade of Kaliningrad, and Lithuania was only complying with EU sanctions. He pointed out that the transportation of passengers and goods between Kaliningrad and other regions of Russia continues. Only the transportation of those goods, the export, import and transit of which through the territory of the EU is prohibited by sanctions, has been stopped.
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