At the same time, according to the Lithuanian president, he does not expect a military confrontation with Russia.
Lithuania is ready for Russia to disconnect it from the regional power grid in response to the blocking of railway supplies of a number of Russian goods to the Kaliningrad region, but a military confrontation is not expected, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda told Reuters.
Nauseda’s statement came after the Kremlin warned Lithuania on Tuesday that Moscow would give a painful response to the ban on the transit of goods included in the EU sanctions list.
Recall that Vilnius banned the transit of goods subject to EU sanctions on Lithuanian territory – both to Kaliningrad and from Kaliningrad – referring to EU sanctions rules.
“We are ready … for unfriendly (retaliatory) actions on the part of Russia – such as disconnecting from the BRELL system or otherwise,” Nauseda said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday.
Last year, Lithuania equipped a power line connecting it to Poland in order to be able to quickly connect to the network of continental Europe in case Russia cuts off the electricity supply.
The EU–funded project aims to disconnect the Baltic states from their common energy system with Russia and Belarus by 2025 – in favor of a decentralized energy system of continental Europe.
“I don’t think Russia will challenge us militarily, since we are part of NATO,” Nauseda explained.
According to him, he will raise the issue of confrontation with Russia at the NATO summit, which will be held next week.
He also stressed that Lithuania feels the solidarity of other EU countries and intends to expand the list of goods that it prohibits from importing to Kaliningrad, as new EU sanctions are gradually introduced.
“We feel the support of the European Union – after all, this (the imposition of sanctions) is the decision of the European Union,” Gitanas Nauseda said.