Lithuania says Russia blocking EU goods from crossing borders

  • 2014-11-27
  • From wire reports, VILNIUS

Lithuanian MEP Petras Austrevicius (photo: creative commons)

Russia is blocking Lithuanian trucks carrying EU goods from crossing its borders, a Lithuanian MEP has claimed.

Member of the European Parliament Petras Austrevicius urged the European Commission on Thursday to take action against Russia as it was blocking the entrance of Lithuanian goods crossing its borders. 

Moscow and the European Union have been trading sanctions amid the crisis in the Ukraine, Russia banned large qualities of food products from the EU and Western countries as retaliation to similar EU sanctions on Moscow earlier this year. 

Austrevicius said that this is not the first time that Russia has applied discriminatory measures ruining Lithuania's transportation business and seeking to harm Lithuania's economy by limiting export of the EU's goods.

According to the MEP, Lithuanian carriers are incurring huge losses every day and are losing orders from partners and EU member states. The European Commission was asked to immediately take all possible actions to make Russia lift discriminatory measures on the movement of the EU goods.