The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania: EU and US sanctions on Minsk need to be synchronized

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На русском языке: Глава МИД Литвы: санкции ЕС и США против Минска должны быть синхронизированы
На беларускай мове: Кіраўнік МЗС Літвы: санкцыі ЕС і ЗША супраць Мінска трэба сінхранізаваць

According to the Interfax-West news agency, today before the government meeting, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, said that the EU and US sanctions need to be synchronized in order to resolve many issues, such as the transit of Belarusian potash fertilizers through Lithuania.

«We have a clear deviation from the fact that Europe has imposed sanctions on certain fertilizer products that cannot be imported into the EU, and the United States – on the entire legal entity. It would be good if these sanctions were synchronized, then many other issues would be resolved»,–  he said to journalists.

Landsbergis once again drew attention to the problem that the current US sanctions do not entail legal consequences for Lithuania. He also added that the government is still looking for ways to control emerging risks, both legal and financial.

We remind that after the entry into force of US sanctions against Belaruskali, on December 8, Lithuanian railways continued to supply Belarusian potash fertilizers to the port of Klaipeda, arguing this by previously concluded supply contracts and the fact that the US sanctions do not directly apply to Lithuanian companies. Mantas Bartuska, the head of the Lithuanian railways (Lietuvos gelezinkeliai), said that transit will be stopped if such a decision is made by the Lithuanian government, or European sanctions will be tightened.

After that, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, and Marius Skouodis, the Minister of Transport and Communications, announced their intention to resign because of the situation with the transit of Belaruskali. The latter also proposed to impose national sanctions against the transit of Belaruskali.

Yesterday it became known that Ingrida Simonyte, the Prime Minister, decided that the Lithuanian government will continue to work in the same composition, the ministers of foreign affairs and transport should remain in their posts. But Mantas Bartuska, the head of the Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos gelezinkeliai), will resign from his post after a transitional period, as stated by Kiastutis Sliuzas, the chairman of the board of the company.

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