Block transit: Belarus has given Lithuania an ultimatum

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Belarus may block the transit of goods to Lithuania if the latter refuses to transport Belarusian potash on its territory. Irina Savchenko, a representative of Belaruskali, told about such an ultimatum in an interview with the Lithuanian TV and radio company LRT.

She noted that the termination of the transit of Belarusian potash is a violation of international obligations under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

"We are sure that most of our customers and buyers of fertilizers will go to court if they remain without our goods and suffer significant losses due to the actions of Lithuania," Savchenko said.
They will be forced to buy fertilizers at higher prices, the number of claims, in this case, will reach billions of euros, the representative of Belaruskali stressed.

If Belarus stops transit, Lithuanian railways will remain without work, Savchenko believes. She also called the transit of Belarusian fertilizers through Lithuania a "humanitarian corridor". Stopping transportation will worsen the situation with hunger in the world, she is sure.

In Lithuania, Transport Minister Marius Skuodis earlier resigned due to his inability to implement sanctions against Belarus. Despite the US ban, the transit of Belarusian fertilizers through Lithuania continues.

According to the US sanctions against Belarus, the export of fertilizers from the republic should be stopped. However, deliveries continued due to the fact that Minsk transferred an advance payment to Lithuanian Railways back in November.

Latvia has suspended the transit of Belarusian fertilizers in solidarity with Lithuania

As a sign of solidarity with Lithuania, the Government of Latvia has decided to abandon the transit of Belarusian fertilizers at least until January 15. This was announced on Tuesday by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.

"I don't know why only until January 15, but nevertheless, if it is possible, or when it is possible to stop the transportation of [Belarusian fertilizers] in Lithuania, then at least until January 15 it will not be carried out through Latvia," the BNS agency quotes the minister as saying. "It's a sign of solidarity."

As Landsbergis added, the Latvian government made this decision the day before.

Earlier, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister stated that a number of companies from neighboring countries with Lithuania are ready to adopt the transit of Belarusian fertilizers. Last week, the BNS agency reported that some private Latvian carriers received requests from the Belarusian company Belaruskali about the possibilities of transit of its products through this Baltic republic, but exclude such a possibility since the country complies with international sanctions.

Supplies of Belarusian fertilizers forced the Lithuanian minister to resign

In Lithuania, Transport Minister Marius Skuodis resigned due to his inability to implement sanctions against Belarus. Despite the US ban, the transit of Belarusian fertilizers through Lithuania continues. Earlier, for the same reason, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis wrote a statement about his desire to leave the post. The minister confirmed the message to BNS, reports Delfi.


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