In Lithuania, there were problems with transit to Kaliningrad due to banks

Earlier, the Lithuanian bank decided to stop accepting payments from Russia and Belarus in the near future. For this reason, Lithuanian companies may stop transit – they simply will not be able to receive payment for their services ” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset=" 1200w" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi)" >

Payments for the transit of goods to the territory of the Kaliningrad region through Lithuania depend only on banks, the state cannot oblige them to accept payments, said Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis, Delfi reports.

The minister made the corresponding comment against the background of the decision of the Lithuanian from Siauliu Bankas to stop accepting payments in rubles from August 15, and from September 1— settlements with the Russian and Belarusian parties in any currency.

“The state can in no way oblige the banks, it will depend on their own decisions,” — Skuodis said.

The minister noted that “any bank that processes such payments must be sure that state institutions monitor the implementation of sanctions”, that is, banks do not want to violate the restrictions imposed on Russia, and wish to follow their own value policy.

According to the minister, the termination of payments may seriously affect transit to Kaliningrad.

“I cannot imagine that companies in my (transport. — RBC) sector could provide services if they are not paid. How they are paid is the responsibility of the customers,— Skuodis said. He added that in this situation, financial institutions should have enough guarantees to make such payments without risks.

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The governor of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, also pointed out that due to the decision of the Lithuanian bank, transit could be stopped. The Kremlin expressed hope that the problem could be resolved through dialogue. If Moscow stumbles upon a “blank wall of misunderstanding”, then the problem will require “other measures”, they added.

In the second half of June, Lithuania stopped allow transit trains with a number of goods subject to EU sanctions to the Kaliningrad Region. Vilnius noted that the ban was not introduced unilaterally, but precisely to comply with EU restrictions. Russia demanded to cancel this decision.

As a result, the European Commission developed a document that allowed the transportation of sanctioned goods by rail. At the same time, the ban on the transportation of such goods by road remained, Alikhanov pointed out that Kaliningrad would seek to remove restrictions on vehicles as well. The first train after the lifting of the ban arrived in Kaliningrad on July 26.

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