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Lithuania’s declared 15-percent rise in the transit tariff will not affect cargo traffic from Russia to the westernmost exclave region of Kaliningrad
Lithuania’s declared 15-percent rise in the transit tariff will not affect cargo traffic from Russia to the westernmost exclave region of Kaliningrad, Transport Minister Igor Levitin has told the media in Moscow. “A fifteen-percent rise for oil products on a 200-kilometer-long stretch is insignificant,” he said. At the same time Levitin remarked that the rise abused the earlier concluded agreements. Lithuania two weeks ago said it would raise the transit tariff for the main cargoes bound for Kaliningrad by 15 percent as of August 15. In the first place the measure will apply to oil products, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and a number of other items. For the first time Lithuania raised the theme of a 15-percent increase in the transit tariff back last February. The Russian transport minister held several rounds of talks. Lithuania eventually promised that if Russia refrained from raising tariffs on its border checkpoints, it would reciprocate. Levitin said he had addressed his Lithuanian counterpart with a special message with a reminder Russia had complied with its liabilities. “The Lithuanians say the tariffs have to go up because transportation costs and oil products prices have grown,” Levitin said, adding that he found that argument unconvincing. Some analysts have warned that the tariff rise may considerably harm the flow of cargoes from Russia to Kaliningrad. The Kaliningrad seaport says the cargo traffic has declined somewhat already.
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