Lithuania broke international law by implementing an economic “blockade” of Russia’s Kaliningrad Region, Senator Konstantin Kosachev said. The EU country’s state-owned rail operator previously said it had stopped the transit of sanctioned goods between the region and the rest of Russia.
“Lithuania is a flagship of the destruction of international law,” Kosachev wrote on his Telegram channel on Saturday.
Kosachev, who is the deputy speaker of the upper house of Russia’s parliament, said that Lithuania’s actions violate various international norms, including the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Kaliningrad Region is a small Russian enclave that borders Lithuania from the north and east, and Poland from the south.
Lithuanian Railways spokesman Mantas Dubauskas told LRT radio on Saturday that the operator partially stopped the transit of Russian goods through Lithuania in order to enforce EU sanctions.