As the decision on banning Russian ships from entering EU seaports is delayed, Lithuania may take this decision alone together with other countries in the region, the minister said on Thursday (17 March). Lithuanian transport Marius Skuodis.
“If these talks last too long, I think it will become a regional step,” Skuodis told Žiniu radijas radio station.
Although Brussels has had many discussions on sanctions for Russian vessels, the final decision has not yet been made, the minister said.
“I can only express my disappointment because I think we should do it much sooner,” Skuodis said.
He added that Lithuania may impose a nationwide ban on Russian vessels entering the seaport of Klaipeda. However, for such a ban to be effective, a broader interstate agreement is required.
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“Historically, [the number of Russian ships entering Klaipeda sea port] is small,” Lithuania’s transport minister said.
Following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the EU has started talks on banning vessels flying the Russian flag or otherwise associated with Russia, private individuals and companies linked to Russia from enter seaports in Europe.
Representatives of Lithuanian shipowners and shipping companies told BNS that it would be very difficult to fully implement such a ban, as it is not always possible to quickly determine a ship’s ties to Russia. .