Russia's Foreign Ministry has threatened that their response to transit restrictions on Kaliningrad by Lithuania will be "practical" and "not diplomatic," the Jerusalem Post reports.
Over the past week, Lithuania has implemented a ban on various rail transit goods going to Russia's far-western exclave of Kaliningrad to comply with EU sanctions on items such as coal, advanced technology, metals and construction materials.
"As for response measures, now possible measures are being worked out in an interdepartmental format," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told state-owned TASS. "Both Lithuania and the EU, through their diplomatic missions in Moscow, were told that such actions are inadmissible and that the steps taken must be changed and the situation returned to a legal and legitimate course. If this is not done, then, of course, and this was emphasized at all levels in Moscow, retaliatory actions will be inevitable."
"On the question of what they will be...Will they be exclusively in the diplomatic plane? [The] answer is no. They will not be in the diplomatic, but in the practical plane," she added.
The EU enforcement measure being implemented from Vilnius marks a complete break in a three decade long treaty that's been in effect...