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Russia Sanctions Lithuania for Supporting Ukraine

Russia has imposed sanctions against Lithuania and embargoed the port of Klaipeda in response to its foreign policy with Ukraine

On Thursday morning the Lithuanian parliament condemned the military aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and its occupation of the territory of a sovereign country. The parliament said that it strongly supports the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine and expressed political solidarity with the new Ukrainian authorities; they also supported sanctions against Russia, while favoring visa liberalization and the early signing of the European Union Association Agreement with Ukraine slated for next week.

In response, Russia has temporarily suspended the import of food products into the Customs Union. If a Western (specifically, American) company wants to deliver goods through Lithuania to Russia or a Customs Union state, Russian officials will order it to go “through other ports which do not belong to Lithuania [or] to certain other countries,” according to Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius. Russian media calls Lithuania’s pro-Ukrainian policy “anti-Russian.”

Lithuania’s exports to Russia amount for a fifth of its total exports and remain an integral part of its economy.

“This is a way for Russia to show that having political positions which do not meet their interests are punished in some way,” said Robertas Dargis, president of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists. “In Lithuania’s case, punishment is usually through economic means, which we saw many times previously.”

Prime Minister Butkevicius said that because of Russia’s actions, all the terminals of the Klaipeda port can neither “export nor re-export or import.”

On Friday, a cooperation and partnership agreement was signed between the Klaipeda State Seaport and the Port of Houston, Texas.

“Although these Russian commentators do not say so, what Moscow is doing in Klaipeda is not only an act of revenge against Lithuania but a test of Western and especially NATO resolve.  In the absence of a clear and forceful response, more such testing of the alliance is unfortunately likely in the coming days.” said political analyst Paul Goble.

  • texasvet

    Houston. The Port of Houston. Spell check is your friend.

    • http://ukrainianpolicy.com/ UkrainianPolicy

      Spell check was fine with Huston, but thanks for the correction.

  • http://romanovskis.blogspot.com romanovskis

    This funny game is called “Who’s next?”

  • Vladimir Simperovich

    Fuck Putin! Free people of Donetsk supports
    Lithuania

    • Jus Tina

      Thanks! Lithuania still standing for Ukraine ♡

      • EDWARD J SCHUMANN III

        this has nothing to do with standing with ukr. we are talking about giving independence to the Russian people of dontsk @lushansk ? just like Lithuania,latvija ,Estonia fought for independence from The Soviet Union!!

        • Jus Tina

          Oh really?! As I know this is not a fight for a independence. This is a killing of thousands innocent people who are living in Ukraine. I repeat: in Ukraine! Nobody has been killing people in Russia. Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine has the only one aggressor – Putin and Russian arogance against all the world. This is a fight of dominance. If there is any Russians who wants to be free, they are welcome to Russia.

          Are they? ;)

  • Andreas Bimba

    The Vladimir Putin regime is its own worst enemy. Europe will find a new path without Russia. Now from who did Imperial Russia seize the Far East Territories and who is going to be the next super power? Who is not thinking strategically?

    • Robert Engström

      They cant,if russia turns of the gas its game over,period.

  • beelza

    If Putin invades continental Ukraine all hell will break loose. And Obama has the lowest approval ratings of any non-wartime President in history. Obama’s failed domestic policies have stretched Americans to their razor edge. If he, Obama, cannot stand with our allies in NATO, then we will find his replacement. This is intolerable that Lithuania has been left to twist in the wind. I’ve demanded my senators investigate this state of affairs. It may not amount to much, but their are Americans who are trying, trying to make sure the government honours it’s treaties.

    • Andreas Bimba

      Obama has sent F15′s to Lithuania and Poland. My understanding is current NATO rules don’t allow the stationing of NATO soldiers from non-Baltic State countries in the Baltic States. I would be more worried about the major European nations refusing to fight alongside the people of the Baltic States if the Russian military enter their territory. Obama is level headed and advised by many competent people in the State Department, Intelligence agencies and the military. Keep the pressure on the US Senators though, every little bit helps.

      • Danute Cekauskas Voelker

        Let us hope and pray that you are right –the US as part of NATO will protect us. I have been anxious since this whole thing began. My parents had to flee one Russian occupation in 1944. We were all overjoyed when Lithuania regained its independence in 1991. Now Putin is swinging his male member in a demonstration of true arrogance to the world. My husband, a retired American soldier, tells me that Lithuania and the other Baltic nations have “nothing to fear” because we are part of NATO but I really do not trust the United States. FDR representing the US already gave away the Baltics once at the Yalta Conference many years ago. What is to say that this will not happen again? We, after all, have no oil to offer…

      • Robert Engström

        Are you insane,european people fighting alongside the people of the Baltic States against russia.Never gonna happen.You are fucked if you side with eu or us.Wait until winter when russia turns of the gas and ALL of german industri will stop.If you think us will help you ,you are wrong,they never help anybody unless itys good fot them.

    • Keith Cassinger

      What are you talkimg about? Lithuania is a NATO country…Putin enters…Putin will be at war with the US. Ukraine spoke out against any plans to join the EU or Nato in 2008. I love Ukraine, I am an American…there is not much to do except go to full out war with Russia.And do you want that?

  • Danute Cekauskas Voelker

    And so it begins for the Baltics! If the US believes that Putin is going to stop with Crimea than they are revealing true ignorance if not outright stupidity AND have another thing coming! Aciu Vladimir Simperovich for your support!

    • tut

      Haha…to hell with the Lithuanian thieves! They are coming to western Europe doing fraud, robbing our houses, pick pocketing and selling/smuggling drugs! I hope the Russians are blocking them so they go bust or even do a little barbeque across their boarders!!

  • Mike

    Obama could not care less what happens to people in Ukraine or Lithuania.

    They’re white.

    • Keith Cassinger

      Nonsense.

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  • Goresh

    So, Lithuania can impose sanctions on Russia and that is fine, but if Russia responds with it’s own sanctions, it is bad.

    Lithuania needs to recognize that IT threw the first punch.

    • vitalia K

      Thank you, Goresh – smart words. Is Russia supposed to take all the bullying from US and EU without a complaint? Lithuania should have stayed out of it if it didn’t want to get affected.

  • Serge Krieger

    I guess many of you are from those little Baltic states. So, I would remind you that US and NATO ain’t permanent features of landscape and you will have to deal with Russia whether you like it or not when NATO and USA gone.

    I believe you gotta be very careful as there is a target on your backs and the best politics you would follow is to be very friendly and accommodating to huge country that lies next to you and provides you with energy and many other resources.

    • EDWARD J SCHUMANN III

      serge you are correct , grybouskaite and linkevicius has made Lithuania into the biggest enemy of russiia, they both pushed nato the EU for sanctions against Russia ,and grybouskaite used the scar pro[paganda to win the presidential elections, she is responsible for the upcoming economic problems ,with her “BIG MOUTH” and the Lithuanian people will pay the price!!

  • Albert

    Fuck Lithuania, sucking UE Di*k, you’ll die without Russia’s support, idioits.

  • Eleisa’s Miracle

    lithuania always puts a stick under the rails… shoulve stayed out of this…