Lithuanian Railways backs idea of eliminating freight from Russia, Belarus – CEO

  • 2023-03-01
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LTG) supports the idea of completely stopping handling freight from Belarus and Russia, Egidijus Lazauskas, the state-owned railway company's CEO, said on Wednesday. 

"We support this direction. We don't want to work with risky customers and we don't want to get money at any price," the CEO told reporters at the Kena railway station. 

"We are well aware of all the risks, and it is our main priority to get as far away from these markets as possible," he said. 

However, a complete withdrawal from these markets would only be possible if LTG was unable to control shipments of sanctioned goods to Lithuania, according to Lazauskas. 

"Such a scenario is possible if (...) the numbers continue to escalate and increase. If we saw that we could not physically catch up with them with our systems, it would naturally be easier to completely dam this river," the CEO said. 

"For now, we have enough instruments, competences and tools to ensure that nobody tries to transport these goods," he added.