Russian trade restrictions on Lithuania: EU must summon ambassador

Daniel Caspary MEP and Laima Andrikiene MEP

Daniel Caspary MEP and Laima Andrikiene MEP

The European Union must summon the Russian ambassador to the EU following the implementation of unilateral trade restrictions by Russia against Lithuania, EPP Group spokesman in the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee, Daniel Caspary MEP (CDU/Germany) and Laima Andrikiene MEP (Lithuania) demanded today. In addition, the European Commission must bring a complaint before the World Trade Organisation against Russia to end the unfair discrimination against Lithuanian lorries and the import stop for Lithuanian milk products, the two MEPs said.

Tabling an oral question to the European Commission during the European Parliament’s plenary session, Caspary and Andrikiene said:

“Russia has to end what are clearly politically-motivated measures to disrupt the Lithuanian economy. The European Commission must now call on the WTO to stop Russian discriminatory acts against Lithuania.

If Russia does not end its discriminatory and politically-motived disruptions of Lithuanian exports, appropriate counter-measures by the European Union as a whole must be an option,” they added.

Based on calculations by the Lithuanian road haulage association, arbitrary checks of Lithuanian lorries entering Russian territory cause damage to the Lithuanian economy of around 2 million Euros per day. In addition, this week Russia has already threatened to impose an import ban on Lithuanian milk and milk products, causing even further damage to the Lithuanian economy.

“The European Union must not remain toothless in the face of aggressive Russian trade restrictions,” Caspary and Andrikiene said.