Moscow's response to the blockade of Kaliningrad will not be diplomatic – Russian Foreign Ministry
Russia threatened Lithuania and the European Union with “practical actions” and called for lifting restrictions on the transit of goods through the Kaliningrad region.
Russia's response to stopping the transit of a number of goods from Lithuania through the Kaliningrad region will not be diplomatic, but practical. This was announced during a briefing on Wednesday, June 22, by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova.
According to Zakharova, Russia's position regarding the so-called blockade of Kaliningrad was brought to Lithuania and the European Union. Response measures are being developed in an interdepartmental format, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.
“Lithuania and the EU were told that such actions are unacceptable and that they need to be changed, to return the situation to a legal course. If this is not done, response actions will be inevitable. I received a lot of questions about this. One of the main ones is whether they will be exclusively in the diplomatic plane. The answer is no. They will not be in the diplomatic, but in the practical plane,” Zakharova said.
How exactly and when the Russian Federation will respond to the decision of the Lithuanian authorities, Zakharova refused to clarify. At the same time, answering a journalist's question whether “Russia's practical steps” will be in the economic plane, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said: “Let's not get ahead of ourselves. We just need to wait for the appropriate decision.
Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, in turn, said that the population of Lithuania would face serious consequences after the start of the so-called blockade of Kaliningrad.