The EU will amend the blockade of Kaliningrad in a new package of sanctions – Bloomberg
European officials fear pressure on Lithuania. The Russian Foreign Ministry says that the EU has accepted warnings of serious consequences for blocking the transit route.
The EU will include in the seventh package of sanctions against Russia the adjustment of the rules for the transit of sanctioned Russian goods to the Kaliningrad region through Lithuania. Bloomberg writes about this with reference to informed sources.
Some European officials fear possible pressure on Lithuania to change its position and allow the transit of Russian goods to Kaliningrad. One of the interlocutors emphasized that any rules for the application of sanctions should apply to the entire EU, and not to Lithuania separately.
Some EU countries are pushing for tougher sanctions, including a gas embargo, but there are few people in the bloc willing to take such bold action due to shortages and rising prices for raw materials, the agency notes.
Probably expected in the near future strengthening and expanding already existing sanctions on technology exports against Russian oligarchs and legal entities, sources say.
According to interlocutors, EU member states have frozen almost 14 billion euros of assets of sanctioned oligarchs.
In the next sanctions package, the European Union provided for a restriction on the export of gold from the Russian Federation to cut off Moscow's sources of income.
Russia – the second country in the world in terms of gold production, in 2021 it exported the precious metal for 12.6 billion pounds.
Siege of Kaliningrad: Russia is ready for any scenarios
Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Grushko believes that the European Union has issued warnings about “serious consequences” in the event of a ban on transit to Kaliningrad.
“The Russian Federation is ready for any development scenarios around the problem of transit to Kaliningrad. The ball is on the side EU and Lithuania,” he says.
The official focused on preparing countermeasures in case The problem will not be solved.
The media have previously written about the German government's outrage at Lithuania's ban on the transit of Russian goods. This is fraught with the use of military force by Russia to break through the land corridor.
Member of the Lithuanian Seimas Matas Maldeikis said that the Russian Federation is whipping up hysteria around transit from Kaliningrad, because the full package of EU sanctions applies to about half of imported goods.