Kaliningrad governor said that the EC “screwed up” in the issue of transit
According to Anton Alikhanov, the EC itself got confused in its sanctions: “they quietly allowed to pay for gas in rubles, but they didn’t issue a paper on Kaliningrad.” There are “more bureaucrats than in the nightmares of Franz Kafka,” he noted ” alt=”The Kaliningrad governor said that the EC “screwed up” in the issue of transit” />
The EC itself got confused in its sanctions and “screwed up”, says the Governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov.
“Okay. We pay for Kaliningrad transit, there are no military cargoes, there is nothing dual-purpose. The European Commission is just confused, — Alikhanov wrote in Telegram.
As an example, he cited Russia's demand to pay for gas in rubles, that “they quietly <…> allowed, but they didn’t issue a paper on Kaliningrad.
According to the governor, there are more bureaucrats in the European Commission than in the nightmares of Franz Kafka.
Alikhanov assured of an excess of maritime capacity in the Baltic: to deliver goods by sea “there is something.” “Yes, we will need to subsidize the sea tariff, but this is a technique. Our country will allow itself this, and will allow itself programs for the development of the region. We are a very strong country»,— he is convinced.
Earlier, the Kaliningrad governor stated that in the EU, approving the sanctions, “they forgot and had nothing in mind from the very beginning regarding Kaliningrad.” Following reminders, Brussels provided for a transit clause. “And then the European Commission gave Lithuania clarifications regarding the first four packages. But it is vague and can be interpreted in different ways, — he said.
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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that the EC would provide clarifications on how to apply restrictions on the transit of sanctioned goods.
On June 18, Lithuania stopped transit supplies to the Kaliningrad region for a large list of goods, explaining this measure by the implementation of European sanctions that have entered into force June 17.
The Kremlin called the decision of the Lithuanian side illegal and “violation of everything and everything”. Moscow is considering various options for measures, they said. Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev threatened that they would have a serious impact on the population of Lithuania.
By banning land transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia, Lithuania was guided by EU sanctions, there was no talk of a blockade of the region, he assured, in his in turn, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
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