Germany ‘firmly’ rejects Russia’s Lithuania threats over rail ban

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Germany ‘firmly’ rejects Russia’s Lithuania threats over rail ban

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Germany ‘firmly’ rejects Russia’s Lithuania threats over rail ban

BERLIN, June 22 — Germany today warned Russia not to seek reprisals over Lithuania 's rail transit ban on EU-sanctioned goods to Moscow's exclave of...

Wednesday, 22 Jun 2022 9:30 PM MYTBERLIN, June 22 — Germany today warned Russia not to seek reprisals over Lithuania's rail transit ban on EU-sanctioned goods to Moscow's exclave of Kaliningrad.Germany"firmly rejects" Russia's threat of"serious" consequences for the transit stop, government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said at a regular press conference.

Germany called on Russia"not to take any measures that violate international law", Hebestreit said.Moscow has demanded that Lithuania immediately lift the restrictions, which the Baltic nation says were taken in compliance with European sanctions over Ukraine.

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Wednesday, 22 Jun 2022 9:30 PM MYT BERLIN, June 22 — Germany today warned Russia not to seek reprisals over Lithuania's rail transit ban on EU-sanctioned goods to Moscow's exclave of Kaliningrad. Germany"firmly rejects" Russia's threat of"serious" consequences for the transit stop, government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said at a regular press conference.7 billion roubles (US$143 million) from Google that it had been ordered to pay late last year — the first time Moscow had exacted a percentage of the company's annual Russian turnover. Germany called on Russia"not to take any measures that violate international law", Hebestreit said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government refused to intervene, saying the dispute was between the companies and their workers. Moscow has demanded that Lithuania immediately lift the restrictions, which the Baltic nation says were taken in compliance with European sanctions over Ukraine. "The video hosting site YouTube deliberately promotes the dissemination of misleading information about the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine, discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation," said the regulator, Roskomnadzor. The threatened retaliation would have a"serious negative impact on the population of Lithuania", Russia's security council chief Nikolai Patrushev said Tuesday. The Netherlands, Germany and Austria announced that they would put into use their coal plants to reduce gas consumption with the aim of filling gas storage facilities.

The situation in Lithuania was such that Germany and its NATO partners were offering"massive support" in the form of"soldiers, weapons" and"equipment", German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said later on Wednesday. Reuters calculated that the previous fine equated to just over 8% of turnover. “That is hobbling this industry and it’s forcing the companies to implement transport austerity and massive cuts to our system,” he said. "We will not give a millimetre" of NATO territory, Lambrecht said. "That is the strength that we have shown in recent weeks and which (Russian President Vladimir) Putin probably did not expect," she said. It has also made it a criminal offence, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, to disseminate reports about the military campaign that deviate from official statements, which do not use the terms"war" or"invasion". Germany has pledged to deploy more troops to Lithuania to strengthen NATO's eastern flank, which borders Russia. The strikes are “orchestrated by some of the best-paid union barons representing some of the better-paid workers in this country” Shapps said, referring to the median wages of train drivers being well above salaries of nurses and other professions. — AFP Advertisement . Roskomnadzor also said YouTube had permitted content promoting extremist views and calls for children to participate in unauthorised protests. Germany has been subjected to intense criticism by the United State in the past for its dependence on Russian energy resources.