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Ambassador: Russia may completely halt transits of it goods through Baltic ports

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURussia could completely refuse using cargo transit services offered by Baltic States, Russian ambassador in Vilnius Aleksandr Udaltsov told RIA Novosti.

Russia has already begun reorienting its oil product transit from Baltic States to its own ports. As it was announced in September by the head of Transneft Nikolay Tokarev, all oil product exports currently performed through Baltic ports will have been redirected to Ustyug, Primorsk and Novorossiysk by 2018.

«Russia has already stopped using Lithuania’s port for oil product transits to the west. We actively develop our ports. In 2015 alone cargo turnover at Ustyug and Primorsk ports grew by 16.1% and 11.1% respectively,» – Udaltsov said, adding that this was achieved largely thanks to the cargoes diverted from Estonian and Latvian ports.

‘Turnover at St Petersburg port also increases largely thanks to the transports of metal products diverted from Klaipeda. The proportion of Russian cargoes handled by Klaipeda Port does not exceed 7-8%. This proportion also tends to decrease,’ – added the ambassador. According to him, Baltic States still handle the transshipment of artificial fertilizers and wood materials, but this situation will gradually change as well.

Udaltsov noted that coordination of cargo transshipment tariffs through Lithuania in the direction of Klaipeda remains problematic. This is why Russian transport industry representatives believe it would be more economically beneficial to send cargoes through Ustyug and other Russian ports instead.

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