The United States announced its ‘ironclad’ support for Lithuania on Tuesday amid Russia’s threat to target the residents of Lithuania.
“We stand by our NATO allies, and we stand by Lithuania. Specifically, our commitment to NATO’s Article Five, the premise that an attack on one would constitute an attack on all, that commitment on the part of the United States is ironclad,” the US State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
Lithuania has closed the route for transport of steel and other ferrous metals and is blocking the transportation of food, as mandated under EU sanctions which took effect on Saturday.
Russia warned Lithuania on Tuesday that it would face serious repercussions for blocking some shipments of goods by rail to Kaliningrad.
BBC reported that Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Security Council of Russia, said that appropriate measures would be taken ‘in the near future,” without giving any further details.
“Their consequences will have a serious negative impact on the population of Lithuania,” Patrushev said.
Daily Mail reported that the US said any attack on Lithuania would be ‘an attack against all of NATO’ (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
Daily Mail added that the US State Department said Washington would defend Lithuania if Russia decided to launch an assault on the country, threatening a massive escalation of the Ukraine war.
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