(ANSA) – BERLIN-BRUSSELS, JUNE 22 – Germany “firmly” rejects Moscow’s threats of retaliation against Lithuania and asks for the measures to be withdrawn. Spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said this at a press conference in Berlin.

“We have always said that Kaliningrad’s supply of essential goods is not hindered.” What has happened is that “a series of EU sanctions against specific Russian exports (steel products, building materials) are becoming enforceable now (after short transitional periods).

This means that Lithuania must apply additional controls on road and rail transit through the territory of the EU “, explains the spokesman of the EU Commission, Eric Mamer, on the Kaliningrad case.” Of course, these controls are targeted, proportionate and effective. “, he adds. Mamer stresses that” this is obviously not a “freeze” of goods to Kaliningrad. The Lithuanian controls “will be based on intelligent risk management, to avoid the evasion of sanctions and at the same time allow free transit. We are in close contact with the Lithuanian authorities and will provide further guidance as we proceed,” adds the spokesperson for Berlaymont building.

Cutting off electricity supplies to Lithuania, which is still dependent for its needs on a grid that connects it to Russia, is one of the options studied by Moscow to respond to the blockade of the passage of some products to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad decided by Vilnius in application of EU sanctions.

The chairman of the Duma’s International Affairs Committee, Leonid Slutsky, quoted by the Interfax agency said this again today. “Apart from other things, such as limiting the transit of Lithuanian truckers, we will consider the possibility of interrupting the circuit for electricity supplies,” Slutsky told Rossiya 24 TV. Under an agreement dating back to 2001, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia they are part of the Brell network, which unites the systems of the three countries with those of Russia and Belarus. The three Baltic countries plan to become independent from Moscow to join the European continental networks, but it is expected that the necessary works, including the laying of a submarine cable, cannot be completed before the end of 2025. Last March, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda he said the country must “disconnect from the Russian grid as soon as possible, because electricity can become another means of blackmail in the hands of the attacker”. That is, Moscow, which has invaded Ukraine. (HANDLE).

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