Boris Gryzlov, the new Russian Ambassador to Belarus, said that the Leningrad region would be ready to take Belarusian goods from Klaipeda in the near future.
«I think that the sanctions, which are imposed on Belarus, in particular, they also imply a change in a number of transport directions of product supplies. There have been discussed issues of transportation of the Belarusian products, which were delivered, for example, to the port of Klaipeda, which is about 20 million tons of products per year. Recently, both the president of Belarus and the chairman of the government met with a delegation from St. Petersburg, and there they discussed the readiness of ports, the Bronka port of St.Petersburg and Ust-Luga and Primorsk in the Leningrad region, to transship only the products made in Belarus. I think this direction will be implemented already this year, in the near future, and we will be able to help Belarus to transship their products that are exported through these ports. So the sanctions simply strengthen our economic brotherly relations,» he said in an interview to Russia 24.
On February 1, Lithuanian Railways cancelled the contract on transportation of Belaruskali potash fertilizers to Klaipeda. In response, Aliaksandr Lukashenka promised to deprive Lithuania of all Belarusian cargoes. Later, Belarus closed the transit of Lithuanian fertilizers and oil products through its territory by rail. In Gryzlov’s opinion, the Western policy only contributes to the unification of Belarus and Russia.