Lithuania Escalates, Russia Warns of a Serious Response

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Lithuania, a NATO member, is sanctioning Kaliningrad, Russia in an escalation of the economic war. Russia calls it a blockade. Lithuania is restricting rail and road traffic.

Kaliningrad, Russia does not share a land border with Russia. It is wedged between Lithuania and Poland with a border on the Baltic Sea.

Kaliningrad

Lithuania claims they have to restrict travel to fulfill the sanctions. Kaliningrad can now only transport goods by sea. Lithuania and the EU insist it’s not a blockade. A blockade is illegal under international law.

The Russian government has blasted Vilnius’ move as an “economic blockade.” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov called the decision unprecedented. He said it is in “violation of anything and everything.”

THE BRUTAL RESPONSE IS COMING

The head of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, vowed there would be a response to the ongoing “blockade.” He stated that Moscow will take unspecified actions.

“Of course, Russia will respond to hostile actions. Appropriate measures are in the works, and will be adopted in the near future,” Patrushev told reporters amid a visit to Kaliningrad on Tuesday. Moscow’s retaliation to Lithuania’s transport “blockade” of Russia’s Kaliningrad Region will seriously affect Lithuanian citizens, Nikolay Patrushev, the head of Russia’s Security Council, has said.

He added that the consequences of Moscow’s response will “have a serious negative impact on the people of Lithuania.”

On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry summoned the EU’s envoy to Russia, Markus Ederer. “We demanded that the normal functioning of the Kaliningrad transit is restored immediately,” the ministry said in a statement.

Russia accuses Lithuania of expanding the blockade.

IT WILL NEVER GO BACK TO NORMAL

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told NBC News on Monday that Russia would “never trust [the] West again.” Amid a historic severing of relations, Peskov is not the only top Russian official ruling out a return to normal.

Peskov told NBC that relations would stay icy for good.


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Irritable Bill
Irritable Bill
7 days ago

I cannot believe the vermin who call themselves leaders in the West now…. they care not what the people in those countries must endure thanks to mindless actions based on the obviously transparent lies of Mr Potato Head and friends in an insane attempt to divert from his own (and the Globalist’s) dramatic failings. .
Here in Lithuania some globalist Nazi supporter extraordinaire effectively destroys his countries otherwise safe and prosperous future to support the Ukrainian Nazis who have until Russia’s invasion killed 15,000 Donbas Russians since 2014….and cut the Crimea off from water etc. violating the Minsk Agreement in every conceivable way. Putin demanded the Agreement be adhered to…they lied and did nothing and so the current shit-fight ensued.
Now Putin continues to make the same perfectly reasonable Internationally legal demands…but the West lie and refuse to negotiate a peace deal in Turkey as proposed by all but the Globalists and dodgy friends…and so many more young Ukrainians will be killed for zero reason other than supporting the shit-for-brains prancing boy Zelenski….
Anyway, I have the answer, wait until the Davos set are in full session…and level the joint.

Irritable Bill
Irritable Bill
7 days ago

p79

PanamaPat
PanamaPat
7 days ago

The corridor between Belarus and Kaliningrad is a mere 64 km and can easily be interdicted by a joint attack from Russian forces in Kaliningrad and Belarusian forces from the East. The Liths, Lats and Estonians have little or no army and this will allow Russian forces to easily overrun the Baltics. Hope this doesn’t occur but it leaves the Balts in a very precarious position and they should rethink their stupidity of provoking a war with nations that’s 25x their population and 100x their resources.. Germany has 400 troops stationed in Lithuania who have been ordered to stand aside in the event of a conflict and render only emergency aid.  If they really truly believe the cavalry will come to their aid I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell them. The US is locked in an election and is near a civil war and really doesn’t give a damn about the Baltic ministates.  Support for Ukraine is melting like ice cream on a July day and is becoming increasingly viewed as a distraction and an opportunity for the Obiden Junta to loot the US taxpayers while ignoring our own problems at home. 

The Prisoner
The Prisoner
7 days ago
Reply to  PanamaPat

It is a blockade.

As Russia claims, shutting down the commerce does hurt Lithuanians.

An interdiction gives NATO the claim they have been attacked.

This seems like another trap the west is setting to escalate the war.