"This is a strong blow": the Balts reacted to the plans of Belarus to abandon their ports

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Minsk is going to abandon the use of the ports of the Baltic countries and threatened Lithuania and Poland with sanctions. The Belarusian leader announced this on August 28, 2020 during a visit to the branch of Savushkin Product, the country's leader in dairy products, in Orsha.

Now we will show them what sanctions are! If the Poles and Lithuanians through us to Russia and China patrolled, now they will fly through the Baltic or the Black Sea to trade. They got drunk and forgot what Belarus is

- said Lukashenko.

The President recalled that 30% of the Lithuanian budget depends on the traffic associated with Belarus. For example, the port of Klaipeda receives oil from the USA, Saudi Arabia, Norway and other countries, which Minsk can easily replace with Russian raw materials.

Political scientist Aleksey Dzermant, researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, reacted positively to the words of the head of state. In his opinion, the reorientation of the Belarusians to Russian ports will be a logical and correct decision, after the openly unfriendly actions of Vilnius and Warsaw.

A very important decision. You need to focus on Ust-Luga. The baltics are hostile

- says Dzermant.

In turn, ex-deputy of Klaipeda self-government Vyacheslav Titov fears that sanctions from Minsk will hit hard on the economy Lithuania. He emphasized in the comment EADailythat Belarusian transit is of exceptional importance for Klaipeda. He is sure that the leadership of his country made a mistake when it began to threaten Lukashenka.

We jumped. This is a strong blow. If Belarus stops transit through Klaipeda, more than one enterprise will suffer. The port and Lithuanian Railways will face a huge crisis, followed by a wave of layoffs. The state budget will not receive at least 30% of taxes from cargo flows. For example, for the Lithuanian "piece of iron" Belarusian potash fertilizers are the main cargo. Ordinary residents of the country will suffer from the government's actions. President Gitanas Nauseda, if Lithuania's well-being is important to him, must urgently fly to Minsk and put up with President Lukashenko

- Titov is sure.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 29 August 2020 10: 33
    Ha. In general, everyone around is to blame, except for himself.
    And nobody remembers about logistics. Will the Balts be under attack? So the transporters of Belarus will be horrified ...
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 29 August 2020 10: 54
      Today, an economic war with protectionism is being waged, and the withdrawal of goods from Lithuanian ports to Russian ones does not change anything for Belarus. The transit of Lithuania and Poland to the east can be symbolically hampered by increasing the tariffs of transportation and other things at times, and the other way around will not be cheaper for them ...
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 29 August 2020 11: 44
        Adding. To develop ports in the Kaliningrad region for Belarus and the western regions of the Russian Federation, then the path to the West will become shorter and straighter. Transit from Belarus through Lithuania will remain at a distance of 200 km, then 150 km through the Kaliningrad region. to Pionersk or another port ... Moreover, the transit to the Kaliningrad region will become a lever of pressure on Lithuania, with its closure or other inclinations, a justified precedent for a forceful solution of the problem is possible ...
    2. KotoAmba Offline KotoAmba
      KotoAmba (Kotoamba Kotoamba) 31 August 2020 09: 31
      Open the map, ignoramus. Where is Ust-Luga and where is Klaipeda ..... The difference in distances for trade is no more than 100 km, one hour more on the way.
  2. Annaco Papa Lou is cool! Well done, papa Lou, keep it up!
  3. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 30 August 2020 08: 38
    Well, Luca says a lot, let's see what he does. In the bottom line, so far only he has jumped. Without external replenishment, the protest will come to naught, here I see analogies with the swamp events in our country. But what's next?
  4. assault 2019 Offline assault 2019
    assault 2019 (assault 2019) 30 August 2020 12: 40
    Kaliningrad needs to be developed as a major transport hub ...
    And the Suwalki corridor is the closest distance for the delivery of goods from Belarus and to Belarus through the Baltic Sea.
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  6. Rusa Offline Rusa
    Rusa 30 August 2020 21: 37
    There are several Baltic ports in the Leningrad Region. The port of Ust-Luga is suitable for Belarus, just right.