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Kaliningrad city centre - news of Lithuania's ban on Russian metals transit sparked panic buying in shops (Photo: Christoph)

Russia escalates Lithuania threats ahead of EU summit

EU diplomats have urged "calm" amid escalating Russian rhetoric against Nato-member Lithuania, which sparked talk of "World War 3" on social media.

"I have asked the Russian side to keep calm and not escalate [the situation] verbally or action-wise," the EU ambassador to Russia, Markus Ederer, said Tuesday (21 June) in Moscow, according to Russian news agency Tass.

He spoke after being summoned by the Russian foreign ministry, which complained about what Moscow is calling a bloc...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Kaliningrad city centre - news of Lithuania's ban on Russian metals transit sparked panic buying in shops (Photo: Christoph)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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