MOSCOW: Lithuania's decision to restrict transit to the Kaliningrad region is unprecedented and illegal.
Within a few days, the Russian authorities will conduct a serious analysis and, based on its results, choose retaliatory measures, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.
"This decision is truly unprecedented. It is a violation of everything and everything. We understand that this is due to the relevant decision of the European Union - to extend sanctions to transit. We also consider this illegal," he stressed.
The Kremlin spokesman stated that the current situation is "more than serious" and it "requires a very deep analysis before formulating any measures and any decisions." "This in-depth analysis will be carried out over the next few days," Peskov added.
In response to a question whether in this case it is possible to speak of a blockade of the Russian region, he confirmed: "This is an element of the blockade, of course." At the same time, Peskov did not answer the question of whether the Kremlin received proposals from the Kaliningrad authorities on possible retaliatory measures.
“I can’t say. Now, points of view will, of course, have to be collected from different departments. There will be interdepartmental events on this matter in order to develop a common position. I repeat once again: we need a serious, in-depth analysis in order to develop response decisions” - said the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation. The Kremlin spokesman also did not yet evaluate the work of the federal and regional authorities in this situation, explaining that it is premature to do this now.
As the governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov previously reported, Lithuanian railways notified the railways of the Kaliningrad region that from June 18 they are restricting the transit of a number of goods from the regions of the Russian Federation to the region due to European sanctions against Russia.