Lithuania’s ban on the transit of goods subject to sanctions through the Kaliningrad region from the territory of Russia violates international legal acts that affect EU obligations. Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Konstantin Kosachev wrote about this in his Teleram channel.
“As an EU member state, Lithuania, within the framework of sanctions (national legislation), violates a number of legally binding international legal acts affecting not only the obligations of Lithuania itself, but also the obligations of the European Union as a whole,” Kosachev wrote.
He clarified that the agreement on partnership and cooperation between the Russian Federation and the European Union dated June 24, 1994 provides that each party shall ensure free transit through its territory of goods originating from the customs territory or destined for the customs territory of the other party.
In addition, Kosachev drew attention to the fact that freedom of transit is one of the cornerstone principles of the WTO. Also, this principle is enshrined in many international transport conventions, including agreements on rail transport.
“Lithuania is the flagship of the destruction of international law,” the vice-speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation concluded.
On June 18, Lithuania announced the termination of the transit of part of the cargo to the Kaliningrad region. We are talking about goods that fall under EU sanctions. This is approximately 40-50% of all cargo. Among them are building materials, cement and metal.
The governor of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, called this a gross violation of the protocols for the entry into the EU of the Baltic states.