Russia threatens to ‘cut off oxygen’ of Lithuania

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Medvedev warned of launching measures to strangle the Lithuanian economy, in response to the ban on transporting goods to Kaliningrad.

“Russia will of course take countermeasures and they will be very harsh. I won’t say which ones. There are many possibilities and part of them are possible economic measures.” cutting off oxygen’ of the Baltic neighbors took hostile actions,” Russian National Security Council Vice President Dmitry Medvedev told Argumenty and Fakty on June 27.

Deputy Chairman of Russia's Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in the suburbs of Moscow on January 25.  Photo: Reuters.

Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in the suburbs of Moscow on January 25. Image: Reuters.

Mr. Medvedev described Lithuania’s restriction of cargo shipments to Russia’s Kaliningrad territory as “part of a proxy war initiated by the West against Russia”, so Moscow could give a “disproportionate” response. “.

“Of course, this will lead to a serious escalation,” warned Medvedev, adding that such an escalation could affect ordinary Lithuanians, who he described as having “a living standard that is already low by standards” Europe”.

Kaliningrad is sandwiched between two EU and NATO members, Poland and Lithuania. This overseas territory receives supplies from Russia via railways and gas pipelines through Lithuania.

Lithuania in mid-May announced the suspension of rail transit of some basic goods including construction materials, metals and coal from Russia to Kaliningrad, on the grounds that they were on the European Union (EU) sanctions list. ) with Moscow.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on June 22 that he was prepared for scenarios where Russia would respond, including Russia disconnecting the country from the regional power grid. However, Nausea said that there will be no military confrontation with Moscow. Western countries such as the United States and Germany affirmed that they would stand with Lithuania, and warned Russia not to respond to this Baltic country.

Location of the Kaliningrad Territory of Russia and Lithuania (Lithuania).  Graphics: Google Maps.

Location of the Kaliningrad Territory of Russia and Lithuania (Lithuania). Graphics: Google Maps.

Ngoc Anh (Theo TASS)

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