Will it now be Russia V/s Lithuania

  • What: In a major development, Russia has warned Lithuania of "serious" consequences after it banned the rail transfer of some goods to the Russian territory of Kaliningrad. senior security official Nikolai Patrushev said, Russia "will certainly respond to such hostile actions,"

  • Why; Lithuania primarily being an EU member is acting on the behest and guidelines o the EU. Interestingly Lithuania says it is only following the EU sanctions imposed over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

  • Last week, the Lithuanian authorities announced they would ban goods subject to EU sanctions from passing through their territory to Kaliningrad.

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said: "It's not Lithuania doing anything: it's European sanctions that started working from 17 June... It was done with consultation from the European Commission and under European Commission guidelines."

  • What next: The EU has echoed Lithuania's statement, saying that the country is just implementing sanctions imposed by the EU as a result of Russia's of Ukraine. Perhaps it is interesting to see how the crisis might result in another string of strained EU-Russia relationship

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