The Lithuanian president says the country is prepared for any "unfriendly" action by Russia
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said his country was ready for some form of revenge against Russia after it banned the transit of certain goods subject to European Union sanctions across its territory and into the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
"We are ready and prepared for some unfriendly actions by Russia, secession from the BRELL system or other actions," Nauseda told Reuters in a video released Wednesday. The BRELL system is a power grid shared between Russia, Belarus and the Baltic states.
He said he did not believe Russia would challenge Lithuania militarily because his country is a NATO member.
Nauseda defended the decision to block the passage of some goods, saying they are implementing what was decided by the European Union.
"We are simply implementing the sanctions, which have been imposed at the level of the European Union, and this has nothing to do with bilateral relations between Russia and Lithuania," Nauseda said.
"We look forward to implementing the next stages of sanctions and it would be very good for the European Commission to explain the content of the sanctions to the Russian authorities and perhaps remove some of the tensions that are now emerging," he added, warning that the escalation of tensions do no good to either party.
Earlier Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said retaliatory measures were being taken to halt Lithuania's transit of EU-sanctioned goods to Russia via Kaliningrad. Peskov did not elaborate on what these measures could include and said there was no exact timeline for Moscow's response.