Minsk prepares to abandon Klaipeda despite warnings from Lithuania


Having abandoned the port of Klaipeda, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko "will shoot in his own foot", writes the Lithuanian newspaper Irytas.


The publication notes that the Klaipeda port is the northernmost non-freezing object of its kind in the Baltic. At the same time, Lukashenka recently announced that he will show what the real sanctions look like. Then he instructed the government of Belarus to work out options for transport routes bypassing Lithuania.

Lukashenka's threats are a bluff. Refusal from Klaipeda port will hit critical industry economics Belarus and will destroy the basis of the economic policy country generated for many years

- the edition warns the Belarusians.

It would be incredibly stupid to implement such a threat, but even if they tried to do it, it would take years to transfer the traffic to the ports of Russia or Ukraine.

- the edition reassures the Lithuanians.


Irytas explains that forwarding Belarusian goods to the Russian port of Ust-Luga will cost more than sending through Klaipeda. And so that these goods do not rise in price, Moscow will have to bear certain monetary losses, subsidizing Minsk. From an economic point of view, this is not profitable, but from a political point of view, Russia can incur such costs. After that Minsk will find itself in a dependent position and it will have to fulfill various requirements of Moscow, the newspaper summed up.

Note that the state concern "Belneftekhim" announced the beginning of the process of reorientation of export flows of Belarusian oil products from Lithuanian ports to Russian ones. The press secretary of the Belarusian company Alexander Tishchenko said that negotiations with the Russian side on this matter should take place in the near future.

Detailing will be available based on their results

- added Tishchenko.

Before that, the head of the Russian Ministry of Energy Alexander Novak said that negotiations with the Belarusian side are expected in September 2020. He hopes that the process will be completed quickly and mutually beneficial decisions will be made.
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  1. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 8 September 2020 12: 46
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    Sorry for Merkel. Here Lesha needs to be treated, and now these beggars will run up to beg for subsidies.
  2. Valentine Offline
    Valentine (Valentin) 8 September 2020 13: 17
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    So it turns out that the money from the cargo turnover with the Balts also does not smell of anything, neither meanness nor betrayal, like bloody money for gasoline and diesel fuel for Ukrainian tanks and armored personnel carriers, from which civilians of Donbass are killed ...
  3. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 8 September 2020 15: 41
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    To strangle the Baltics economically, I would not spare any money. These Russophobes must die physically! Old Man takes revenge for Russia. A real ally!
  4. zz811 Offline
    zz811 (Vlad Pervovich) 8 September 2020 16: 41
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    And if the Lithuanians at one fine moment say ... Sha, Shura, or give up power, or stop letting in our ports ...?
  5. sharp-lad Offline
    sharp-lad (Oleg) 8 September 2020 19: 33
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    After a cross-fire in the head, the Lithuanians may not act.
  6. But after the war, Memel was part of the Russian Federation!
  7. bobba94 Offline
    bobba94 (Vladimir) 8 September 2020 23: 20
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    For information: the cargo turnover of the Klaipeda port in 2019 amounted to 46,2 million tons. Belarus accounts for about 15 million tons, mainly potash fertilizers. Somewhere in 2013 or 2014, Belaruskali acquired more than 30% of the shares of the terminal for dry bulk materials, that is, a terminal that works for loading potash fertilizers. Redirecting the cargo flow to Ust-Luga is very easy to say, but really .........
    1. Arkady gilev Offline
      Arkady gilev (Arkady Gilev) 9 September 2020 08: 57
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      In ten years, Ust-Luga has accumulated a freight traffic from 10 to 100 megatons. And at the same time, PhosAgro, Uralkali and others are being riveted for fertilizers. So "Belaruskali" will simply plug in one more terminal and will solve the transshipment issue in four years.

      This is, in general, a political issue - the citizens of the Balts have just demonstrated that at any moment they can say "We will not carry this tyrannical load of yours and we will also arrest your tyrannical actions."