Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about EU sanctions.
Implementing the EU sanctions, Lithuania applied restrictions to specific categories of goods that are transported by rail, via the EU territory, to and from Kaliningrad.
As foreseen in the fourth package of EU sanctions, which was adopted on 15 March 2022, the EU's restrictive measures on imports into and transit through the EU of Russian steel and other ferrous metal products definitively entered into force on 17 June 2022.
The transit of passengers and non-sanctioned goods to and from the Kaliningrad region through Lithuania continues uninterrupted. Lithuania has not imposed any unilateral, individual, or additional restrictions on the transit.
EU sanctions following Russia’s armed aggression in Donbas, illegal annexation of Crimea and the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The sanctions target the Kremlin’s ability to finance the military aggression against Ukraine. These are restrictions imposed in accordance with international and European law as a response to violations of international legalities, such as Russia’s actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.
The EU established the sanctions regime under its laws, specifically Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, "concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine."
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