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Lithuanian foreign minister: Kaliningrad transit scheme tightened but in place

Christian Fernsby |
The requirements for transit from the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad to mainland Russia via Lithuania have been tightened, but the scheme will remain in place, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said LETA/BNS.

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"We are trying to preserve that transit in principle, but certainly it has been restricted: the number of trains has been limited and up to 100 passengers (...) are allowed per train," Linkevicius said at a news conference. "It takes place only via the Kena and Kybartai border crossings."

"Under the procedure laid down by the Foreign Ministry, this process will continue. Of course, I mean non-stop transit via our territory," he added.

The Kaliningrad transit scheme sees 400,000 Russian citizens cross Lithuania's territory under the facilitated procedure annually. Lithuania is seeking over 200 mln euros in EU funding for the program in the bloc's 2021-2027 budget.

Lithuania, like many other European countries, has closed its borders for foreign nationals due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is allows transit by people returning to their countries.

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