War: Germany issues stern warning to Russia over Lithuania

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The German government has warned Russia against taking countermeasures over the dispute regarding freight traffic to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

“We call on Russia not to take any measures that violate international law,” German government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said.

He said Lithuania had taken these actions within the European Union framework of sanctions on Russia.

German noted that only certain goods are affected by the sanctions, and no people have been sanctioned.

“We therefore clearly reject countermeasures announced by Russia,” Hebestreit said during a regularly scheduled government news conference in Berlin, CNN reports.

Russia has said Lithuania’s transit ban on European Union-sanctioned goods to Russia through Kaliningrad is “unacceptable.”

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, also described the sanction as hostile, adding that Lithuania will have to bear the consequences of its action

He said that “[Response] measures are being prepared. After we carefully weigh everything, we will talk about it”.

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