aA
Two Lithuanian customs officers were on Friday mistakenly taken to Russia by the Kaliningrad-Moscow train, which they were checking at the border.
Livintai-Gaižiūnai
Livintai-Gaižiūnai
© Susisiekimo ministerija

They came back to Lithuania on Sunday.

The Customs Department had launched a probe into this incident, Vitas Volungevicius, spokesman for the department, told BNS.

“Two customs officers went to check the Kaliningrad-Moscow train on Friday afternoon. However, the train started moving without authorization from customs and took them to Kaliningrad Region. The customs authority contacted the border guards, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry immediately and notified respective consular staff as well. The incident was resolved with the help of border guards and authorized representatives of the Russian Federation and customs officers came back home on September 5, at 2 p.m.,” Volungevicius said.

According to him, customs officers were checking a post office car at the Kybartai railway border checkpoint whereas the border guards checking passengers managed to get off the train.

News portal tv3.lt was the first to report about the incident.

Respective authorities had launched a probe, Volungevicius said and explained that trains in such a case could only depart from the border crossing point after authorization from customs.

While in Russia, officers were provided with accommodation and taken care of. Volungevicius also mentioned similar earlier incidents, including cases where Russia’s officers were taken to Lithuania’s territory by mistake.

An agreement signed by Lithuania and Russia stipulates that such incidents shall be addressed by authorized border representatives of the two countries.

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

Seimas speaker: Kyiv is now bridge to Europe for Belarus

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas, says that two years ago the people of Lithuania...

Belarusian activist: we have not achieved our goals in two years

Belarusian opposition representative Veronika Tsepkalo notes that the situation in Belarus has...

Bomb threat made against Belarusian opposition’s event

On Tuesday, the police received an email with threats of bomb explosions in multiple buildings in...

Coronavirus: 1 935 more cases detected

On 8 August, Monday, 1,935 people tested positive for COVID-19 and one person died.

69 migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On Monday, 8 August, Lithuanian border guards did not allow 69 migrants to enter Lithuania illegally...

Top news

Landsbergis: finding ways to pay for Kaliningrad transit is Moscow’s task, not Vilnius’

It is Moscow’s task, and not that of Vilnius, to find ways to make payments for the services related...

Seimas speaker: Kyiv is now bridge to Europe for Belarus

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas, says that two years ago the people of Lithuania...

Bomb threat made against Belarusian opposition’s event

On Tuesday, the police received an email with threats of bomb explosions in multiple buildings in...

Adviser: 3rd electricity market liberalization stage should be postponed

The process of electricity market liberalization in Lithuania is failing, therefore, its third stage...

Presidency will consider stripping figure skaters of state awards if they perform in Russia amid war in Ukraine

The presidency will consider stripping Lithuania’s figure skaters Povilas Vanagas and Margarita...