Posted: 29.02.2024 12:19:00

Lithuania to close two more checkpoints on border with Belarus from March 1st

The Lithuanian government decided to unilaterally close the Lavoriskes-Kotlovka and Raigardas-Privalka checkpoints on the border with Belarus from March 1st – as reported by the State Border Committee of Belarus in its Telegram channel

“From March 1st, Lithuania will unilaterally close the Lavoriskes-Kotlovka and Raigardas-Privalka checkpoints on the border with Belarus. Moreover, restrictions are being introduced on irregular passenger transportation by buses and a ban on crossing the border for cyclists through Medininkai-Kamenny Log and Salcininkai-Benyakoni,” the Belarusian border department said in a statement.

The State Border Committee underlined that the Lithuanian direction remains the busiest for freight transport on the EU-Belarus border.

“Despite this, the neighbouring side deliberately continues to create obstacles for cargo carriers and its own citizens to cross the border. Under the pretext of ensuring compliance with international sanctions and reducing security risks, the Lithuanian authorities are pursuing the goal of reducing the flow of citizens, transport and goods across the Lithuanian-Belarusian border,” the press service noted.

The border department warned that such a decision would lead to a redistribution of traffic flows and a significant increase in the load on Medininkai-Kamenny Log and Salcininkai-Benyakoni border checkpoints.

“In this regard, it is predicted that the daily number of trucks actually launched into Lithuanian territory by the neighbouring party will decrease by approximately 40 percent,” the State Border Committee added.

According to the Belarusian border agency, over the past 24 hours, employees of four functioning Lithuanian border crossings allowed 32 percent of the norm of trucks into their territory. Of these, 13 percent of transport passed through the Lavoriskes-Kotlovka and Raigardas-Privalka checkpoints, which the Lithuanian side plans to close.