Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Lithuania’s decision to ban the transfer of approved material from the Kaliningrad region to Russia – Russia’s exclusion in the European Union – was “unprecedented” and Russia considered it “illegal”.
This decision is truly unprecedented. This is a violation of everything, “Peskov told reporters during a regular conference call on Monday.
“We also consider it illegal,” Peskov said, adding that the Kremlin would need to take a closer look at the situation.
Kaliningrad Region Governor Anton Alikhanov said on his telegram channel that Lithuanian Railways, the state-owned railway company, had informed Russia that transit trains with goods subject to EU sanctions would begin at midnight on June 18. Will not be allowed to pass. Friday.
According to Alikhanov, the list of prohibited items includes building materials, cement, metals and “numerous other items important for both construction and production.”
Some background: Lithuania’s latest decision by an EU member state to impose sanctions on Russia following the February invasion of Ukraine.
In late May, the European Union agreed. 90% ban Russian oil imports by the end of the year, among other measures, European Council leaders said at the time.
Agreement banning Russian oil exports to EU It immediately covers more than two-thirds of the oil imports from Russia, which is a major source of funding for its war machine, “said Michelle. Announced in a tweet.
In the United States, the White House made another announcement. The era of sanctions In early June, new financial and diplomatic sanctions were imposed on Russian government officials and elites close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House said in a statement that the latest sanctions “are designed to crack down on theft and increase enforcement and tighten our sanctions to increase pressure on Putin and his aides.”
CNN’s Niamh Kennedy, Jeremy Diamond, Betsy Klein and Kate Sullivan contributed to this post.