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Russia, serious consequences over Lithuania rail transit ban

Moscow accuses EU of 'escalation'

21 June, 15:00
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, JUN 21 - Russia's security council chief Nikolai Patrushev on Tuesday warned EU and NATO member Lithuania of "serious" consequences over restrictions on the rail transit of EU-sanctioned goods to Moscow's exclave of Kaliningrad.

Retaliatory steps "will be taken in the near future. Their consequences will have a serious negative impact on the population of Lithuania," Patrushev said at a regional security meeting in Kaliningrad, a Russian region wedged between Lithuania and Poland.

Russia's foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned the European Union ambassador to Moscow, Markus Ederer, over the "anti-Russian restrictions" on the transit of sanctioned goods to Russia's exclave of Kaliningrad. "The inadmissibility of such actions, which violate the relevant legal and political obligations of the European Union and lead to an escalation of tensions, was pointed out," the ministry said in a statement. (ANSA-AFP).

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