MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) – As he met with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned Lithuania's attempts to stop freight transit to Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “They have already declared an economic war. What does transit closure mean? And everyone is shouting about some Suwalki corridor. Listen, you and I don't talk about it but they shout about it. What are they hinting at?”
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that Belarus and Russia have sufficient forces and assets in order to deliver cargoes to Kaliningrad. “Without any wars and strain. Putin and I very seriously discussed these matters,” he said.
The president remarked upon Lithuania's policy, which gets ahead of itself in the matter of sanctions: “They shift the blame onto the European Union all the time. They claim they didn't do it, the European Union made this decision. But decisions are made by a consensus over there. If you had seen that it might harm Lithuania, you should have voted against it and the decision would not have been passed. Or it could have been passed with some provisos. But you see that they are getting ahead of themselves. And always shout: ‘Run them over, chase them!' And so on. To the detriment of their own state. It is not surprising for me because I see it all the time. And I see who pushes for such things over there.”