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Russian blackmail: Russia doesn’t allow Lithuania to lay electric cable to Sweden, forcing to buy Russian electricity

Foreign Ministry of Lithuania lodged a protest to the Russian ambassador Alexander Udaltsov due to the fact that, according to Vilnius, the warship of the Russian Federation interfere with laying electric cable under the Baltic Sea.

Linas Linkevičius

Linas Linkevičius, the Foreign Minister of Lithuania, informs that Russian warships demanded the ships, which monitor cable lying, to leave certain areas. The work on this energy project is conducted by Lithuania in cooperation with Sweden, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to DELFI.

Linkevičius threatened the Russian Federation that he would discuss this information with his partners. "I also want to say that in the preparation of one of the maps, we coordinated with Sweden, because the work is carried out by the Swedish ship," the diplomat said.

According to him, the Russian navy violates the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and is impeding economic activity.

It should be recalled that NordBalt cable, which is laid under the sea, is supposed to connect the Lithuanian and Swedish power lines. The project aims to develop electricity trade between the Baltic and Scandinavian markets and contribute to the energy security of the two regions. The work has been carried out since 2014. The cable will be put on stream in December.

In recent years, more than half of the electricity imported by Lithuania has been supplied from Russia.