Exports of Belarusian fertilizers via Lithuania might be completely stopped once sanctions against Belarus are expanded, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Wednesday.
Minister: exports of Belarusian fertilizers via Lithuania might be stopped
© Anželika Stackevič

Lithuania has already submitted formal proposals to Brussels to expand the existing sectoral sanctions for Belarus to include more Belaruskali fertilizers exported via the seaport of Klaipeda, according to the minister.

Asked if such exports could be stopped, Landsbergis said that such an option was possible.

"It's possible to stop completely. I would say, yes, it’s realistic. Real negotiations have not started yet, therefore, it's too soon to speak about that," he told journalists on Wednesday ahead of a Cabinet meeting.

The EU imposed sanctions on Belarusian fertilizer exports in late June, but the measure applies to around 20 percent of fertilizers shipped via Lithuania and only to contracts concluded after June 26.

Landsbergis said no decisions on expanding the sanctions would be made until September.

"As to when we can do that, the councils will start working again in September at the earliest," he said. "There is no format for doing it today, but a formal request has been submitted."

Igor Udovickij, the key shareholder of Biriu Kroviniu Terminalas (Bulk Cargo Terminal), a Klaipeda port operator that handles Belarusian fertilizer exports, told BNS last month that all of the company's contracts with Belaruskali were long-term, but he gave no details.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Lithuanian airports’ aviation traffic results for 2021: the period of rapid recovery

In 2021, Lithuanian airports handled almost 2.5 million passengers, 37% more than in 2020, when they...

Lithuanian startup launches predictive eye-tracking analytics for ad posters

Attention Insight, a pre-launch design analytics company offering AI-powered website and advertising...

Seimas reject ruling block's bid to liberalize alcohol sale

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday voted down the ruling block's initiatives aimed at liberalizing the...

Bagdonavicius to lead birkle IT Lithuania and Latvia

To meet the goal of business expansion in the Baltics, birkle IT is proud to announce that Dr....

Prototype electric passenger bus is being tested at Vilnius Airport

The prototype electric bus Dancer developed and manufactured in Lithuania is being tested for...

Top news

President urges to "fix" Taiwanese office name

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has called on the country's government to "fix" the name of the...

Simonyte: we need to be ready for everything, only Putin can answer on war

Lithuania needs to get ready for all possible scenarios over Russia's military buildup near Ukraine...

10 630 new COVID-19 cases

On Wednesday, 10 630 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Since the beginning of the...

Foreign Minister welcomes EC's decision to turn to WTO

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has welcomed the European Commission's decision to...

Hollywood star Clint Eastwood continues legal battle against Lithuanian firm (1)

Hollywood star Clint Eastwood continues his legal battle against Mediatonas, a now-liquidated...