MOSCOW, 17 December (BelTA) – Russia will not ignore Lithuania's possible ban on freight transit from Belarus, BelTA learned from a statement of Spokeswoman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova. The statement has been published on the ministry's website.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman expressed concern about reports about a possible prohibition against freight transit from Belarus via Lithuania. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is concerned about possible ramifications of the ban for Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast.
“Naturally if they are implemented, such restrictive measures will not be ignored by Russia,” Maria Zakharova said. She encouraged Lithuania not to undermine economic ties but to do everything possible to normalize the situation and honor Lithuania's commitments regarding Russian freight transit from and to Kaliningrad Oblast in full. In particular, the 1993 Russian-Lithuanian intergovernmental agreement on international transportation by road was mentioned as well as other agreements.