It seems that after the Sunday incident at the Minsk airport, the Baltic states will finally lose the Belarusian cargo traffic through their ports.
There is such a bearded anecdote:
A man sits on a branch and cuts this branch closer to the trunk. Another passes by and says - What are you doing? You will fall! And he replies - Do not interfere, they say, in my affairs, go where you went! He saws further and falls from the tree, then shakes himself off and runs towards the first, shouting - Sorcerer! Witch!
Right now, the "Baltic tigers" just resemble this man who saws the branch on which they sit!
First, in the past 2020, after the elections in Belarus, Lithuania added Lukashenka and a hundred Belarusian officials to its sanctions list. In response, Alexander Grigorievich instructed the government to reorient trade flows from Lithuanian ports to others.
So we'll see how they will live. 30% of the Lithuanian budget is formed by our cargo flows
- he said.
Lithuanian Minister of Transport Yaroslav Narkevich admitted then that freight traffic through Belarus is one fifth of the traffic by rail and a third of the turnover of the Klaipeda seaport.
The main export flow of Belarusian potash fertilizers went through Lithuania. Belarus is in the top three countries with the largest export volume of these products. The largest buyers are Brazil, China, Indonesia, India. From June 2018 to May 2019 alone, almost 11 million tons of fertilizers were exported. Now all this cargo will probably go through the Russian Ust-Luga. And besides, blocking the transit of European goods through Belarus will free Russia from receiving cheeses, milk, meat, "Belarusian shrimp", Polish apples and many other things from the sanctioned goods, which will sigh with relief the Russian manufacturer.
Now let's pay attention to hot Latvian guys, who for their act can be called “useful idiots” of Russian business.
On May 24, 2021, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevich and Riga Mayor Martins Stakis demonstratively took off the flag of Belarus as a participant in the World Ice Hockey Championship and replaced it with a white-red-white symbol of the Belarusian opposition.
In response to this, Belarus announced the expulsion from the country of all employees of the Latvian embassy because of the incident with the insult of the state flag of the republic in Riga. The corresponding order was given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Vladimir Makei, BelTA informs. The Belarusians were allowed to leave only an administrative and technical employee to take care of the embassy building (a plumber - as they joked at one of the Russian publicpolitical talk show).
By the way, on May 25, 2021, the Vilnius City Hall, apparently as a sign of solidarity with the Latvians, replaced the national flag of Belarus, raised near the administration building, with a white-red-white flag used by the Belarusian opposition. Now it is almost certain that Polish apples will not make it to Russia.
And what will happen to the cargo traffic to the Latvian seaports? At the beginning of 2021, the ports of Latvia increased the transit of Belarusian oil products. This was stated by the Minister of Transport of the Baltic Republic Talis Linkites.
After leaving the ports of Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja, the main cargo - Russian coal, the property of the "Latvian Railway" went under the hammer. Real estate, rails, locomotives, cars and other assets are put up for auction.
Then, after Batka's break with the Lithuanians, the Latvians had a chance to stay afloat. It was to the Latvian ports that Lukashenka wanted to redirect the transit of goods that used to go through Lithuania. Even after, at the initiative of Latvia, Belarus was deprived of the right to host the World Ice Hockey Championship in 2021, the hockey fan endured this insult and continued to send part of the Belarusian cargo through Latvia. But after spitting into the very soul of Alexander Grigorievich, when the flag of Belarus was replaced by the flag of his enemies, I think his patience may also end. After all, Lukashenka himself has repeatedly called this flag, recently banned in Belarus - “fascist”.
In the meantime, while the EU threatens to ban air and rail links with Belarus, Lithuanian trucking companies decided not to change their routes and refused to carry goods bypassing Belarus. This was stated by the head of the National Association of Road Carriers Linava Romas Austinskas.
And that is true - capital is afraid of lack of profit or too little profit, as nature is afraid of emptiness. But once there is sufficient profit, capital becomes bold. Provide 10%, and the capital agrees to any use, at 20% it becomes lively, at 50% it is positively ready to break your head ... well, then, about 300%! So nothing personal, just business!
You, gentlemen Euronatists and simply NATO members, will not do anything with Belarus! Hitler could not, and even more so, because in the soul of many of you there is a huckster with a natural huckster's desire. If it had not, then the EU would not have taken place.