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Lithuania will scan all Russian wagons headed to Kaliningrad

Lithuania will scan all Russian wagons headed to Kaliningrad
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11 / 10 / 2022

Lithuania has tightened control over freight trains heading to the country's territory and the Kaliningrad region by installing a system of X-ray control of trains at the Kenna station on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.

The system scans trains going in both directions at speeds up to 60 km per hour in automatic mode. It allows the provision of full X-ray control of all freight cars. The system is designed to operate around the clock. On average, 8-9 freight trains daily pass through the Kenna railway station. According to the Minister of Finance of Lithuania Gintare Skyste, the main purpose of the new control system is to prevent smuggling, as well as to protect the interests of national security.

The customs report says that the X-ray control system was installed as soon as possible "due to the changed geopolitical situation". The cost of the project was 5.6 million euros.

By the end of the year, a similar system should be installed at the Kibartai station on the Russian-Lithuanian border.

Earlier the Lithuanian railway (LTG Cargo) resumed transit to the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation of goods included in the sanctions list of the European Union on July 22. On June 20, Lithuania officially announced that it had stopped the rail transit of some goods from the main territory of the Russian Federation to the Kaliningrad region. Subsequently, Lithuania extended the restrictions on the transportation of sanctioned goods from Russia to Kaliningrad to truck transit.

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry explained that the ban on transit between the main territory of Russia and the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation through Lithuania affected only steel and ferrous metal products and was introduced as part of the implementation of EU sanctions, which came into force on June 17.

At the same time, the Lithuanian Customs Service reminded that this ban had been known since mid-March along with the adoption of the fourth package of EU sanctions against Russia. It provides for restrictions on Russian steel and other ferrous metal products under contracts concluded before June 17.

On July 11, Lithuania expanded restrictions on the transit of goods through its territory to the Russian city of Kaliningrad, as the gradual introduction of previously announced EU sanctions against Moscow came into force. Thus, it is forbidden to transport cement, wood, alcohol, and industrial chemicals based on alcohol. On August 10, restrictions on coal and other solid minerals were to come into force, and on December 5 - on Russian oil. At the same time, the sanctions did not apply to goods of humanitarian categories, such as food.

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