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Country Report Lithuania

  • ID: 2138679
  • December 2014
  • Region: Lithuania
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

On November 21st Russia restricted Lithuanian-registered vehicles from entering the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. This was followed by further checks of Lithuanian commercial vehicles at the Russian-Lithuanian border, and of Lithuanian-registered vehicles at the Latvian-Russian border and at internal checkpoints in Russia.

Russian officials claimed that the restrictive customs measures were taken because of concerns that embargoed goods from the EU were entering Russia through the Russian-Lithuanian border and on Lithuanian vehicles. However, the initial Kaliningrad embargo came just one day after the Lithuanian president, Dalia Grybauskaite, described Russia as a terrorist state for sending unmarked troops into Ukraine. Russian politicians quickly reacted to the comments by calling for economic sanctions on Lithuania.

Ms Grybauskaite's sharp recent criticism of Russia, as well as Lithuania's increased co-operation with and support for Ukraine's military, appears to have prompted Russia to impose the onerous checks. Lithuania is constructing a joint infantry brigade with Poland and Ukraine as a way of directly transferring NATO know-how to Ukrainian forces. It also continues to train soldiers at the Lithuanian Armed Forces School and fund officer training at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia.

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Country Report Lithuania

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