The Kremlin has said Lithuania’s ban on transiting EU-sanctioned goods to Russia via Kaliningrad – Russia’s EU enclave – is “unacceptable”.
Moscow is considering measures in response to “hostile moves” from Vilnius, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“We are convinced that the sanctions adopted by the EU are absolutely unacceptable. Applying these sanctions regarding transit to Kaliningrad and return simply contradicts basic agreements,” Peskov said on Wednesday, adding that retaliatory measures were being discussed.
Peskov declined to specify what those measures might entail and said there was no specific timeline for Moscow’s response, but he would announce them when they were ready.
“(Response) measures are being prepared. After carefully weighing everything, we will talk about it,” he said.
A bit of context: Russia reacted with fury after Lithuania banned the passage of sanctioned goods through its territory to Kaliningrad last week.
Peskov said the move was “unprecedented” on Monday. “We also consider this illegal,” he said, adding that the Kremlin will have to carefully analyze the situation. “It’s part of a blockade, of course,” he said.
However, Lithuania said it was only maintaining European Union sanctions and that the European bloc had supported the country’s decision.
The row threatens to escalate tensions between Moscow and the EU, which unveiled several sets of sanctions against Russian products, including last month agreeing to ban 90% of Russian oil imports by the end of 2022 .