Lithuania government has told Russia it was ready for any form of retaliation Moscow may adopt following its ban of the transit of certain goods subject to European Union sanctions across its territory and into the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
“We are ready and we are prepared for some kind of unfriendly actions from the side of Russia, disconnection from the BRELL system or other actions,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda,
said while speaking to Reuters.
The BRELL system is a power grid shared between Russia, Belarus and the Baltic states.
The Lithuanian President, however, said he does not believe President Vladimir Putin will send troops to attack Lithuania because his country is a NATO member.
Nauseda maintained that the decision to block the passage of some goods was in the right direction, insisting that they are implementing what was decided on a European Union level.
“We just implement the sanctions, which were imposed on the European Union level, and this has nothing to do with the bilateral relations between Russia and Lithuania,” Nauseda said.
He said that his country would go ahead to implement other European sanctions against Russia, calling on the European Commission to explain these sanctions to Russia to douse the growing tension.
Russia, through its spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, had vowed to retaliate against what it described as a “hostile” decision by Lithuania.
Russia warned that the country will have to bear the severe consequences of its action.