20 Feb 2024 14:10

Lithuania seriously limits trucks' crossing into its territory - Russian customs

KALININGRAD. Feb 20 (Interfax) - Lithuania is seriously limiting arrivals of trucks from Russia through the Chernyshevskoye checkpoint in the Kaliningrad region, the Kaliningrad customs press service told Interfax on Tuesday.

"About 70 trucks were seen daily standing in line to cross the border from the Kaliningrad region over the past few days, while 25 trucks cleared by the Russian side are parked on the neutral ground between checkpoints. Lithuania is seriously restricting truck traffic, without explaining the reason," the press service said.

Only 66 trucks were allowed to cross into Lithuania in the past 24 hours, which is much less than technically possible. Just four trucks crossed into Lithuania between 9 p.m. on Monday and 5 a.m. on Tuesday, it said.

In turn, the Federal Agency for the Development of State Border Infrastructure (Rosgranstroy) said on its Telegram channel monitoring the e-line of trucks crossing through Chernyshevskoye that Lithuania has seriously limited the admission of trucks.

Trucks are 207 hours behind the time slot reserved in the e-line, and trucks, which were supposed to cross the border on February 11, would do so on February 20.

As reported, truck lines started to regularly appear at Chernyshevskoye at the Lithuanian border in summer 2023.

An e-line for trucks headed to Lithuania was introduced at Chernyshevskoye on September 1. It often falters due to the impediments created by Lithuania.

Lithuania has been tightening control over cargo transit to and from Russia and Belarus in recent months due to the European Commission's sanctions.

Currently, Chernyshevskoye is the only checkpoint clearing trucks at the Russian-Lithuanian border. Truck traffic to and from Russia has noticeably decreased under the anti-Russian sanctions.