Over the past week, 58 drivers were forced to turn their cars with Russian registration around at the Lithuanian border after customs officials warned them that their vehicles could be confiscated.
This was reported by LRT.
According to Lithuanian customs, the flow of cars with Russian license plates has decreased over the week, and now only isolated attempts to enter such cars into Lithuania are recorded.
Lithuanian officials warn those arriving at the checkpoints in cars with Russian registration that they will not be allowed to enter.
People traveling in such cars are also informed that if they try to enter Lithuania again, they will face a fine and confiscation of their vehicle for violating international sanctions.
Since Monday, September 11, cars with Russian license plates have not been allowed to enter Lithuania, except for those transiting through the country to or from the Kaliningrad exclave.
The measure follows the European Commission's clarification in early September that cars purchased or registered in Russia cannot be allowed into the EU.
The sanctions, which prohibit the entry of vehicles as well as the importation of personal belongings purchased or registered in Russia, are aimed at limiting the importation of goods from Russia to the EU.
Author - Olena Madiak, 19/09/2023