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Lithuania lifted ban on rail freight to Kaliningrad

The Lithuanian government has lifted the ban on rail transport of goods (subject to sanctions against Moscow) to and from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, Reuters reports citing RIA Novosti.

Last week, the European Union said Lithuania should allow Russia to transit concrete, timber and alcohol – through EU territory – into the Russian enclave.

Last June, Lithuania did not allow Russia to send goods subject to sanctions by rail to Kaliningrad, prompting a sharp reaction from Moscow, which threatened retaliation.

A spokesman for the Lithuanian Railways said it had informed its customers that they could send goods again. “It is possible that some goods will be transferred even today,” Mandas Dubauskas told Lithuanian television.

A Kaliningrad official estimated that about 60 wagonloads of cement would soon be transported to the Russian enclave.

Kaliningrad is located between Poland and Lithuania, and is cut off from the rest of Russia. According to Russian officials, the ban had affected up to half of the cargo shipments to Kaliningrad, although Lithuanian authorities estimated that only 15% had been affected.

Source: Capital

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