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    LITHUANIA NOT GOING, SO FAR, TO ALTER TERMS FOR TRANSIT TO KALININGRAD

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    VILNIUS, JANUARY 16. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- After Lithuania becomes a member of the European Union, Vilnius will make no changes in the existing mode of cooperation with Russia, until it does not counter the EU rules. RIA Novosti learnt this on Friday from the Lithuanian Railways Ministry after a meeting there with a delegation of the Russian Ministry for Economic Development and Trade.

    Lithuanian deputy railways minister Valerius Ponomarevas noted that Vilnius is especially interested in the development of transport cooperation with Russia. Lithuania proposes resuming talks on the 2K project, intending to coordinate railage tariffs across the Lithuanian territory to Klaipeda /Lithuania's Baltic port/ and Kaliningrad /the administrative centre of the region bearing the same name; Russia's enclave on the Baltic/. Carrying of cargoes to Klaipeda now costs 3 to 4 times more than to Kaliningrad .

    The Russian delegation, led by deputy minister for economic development and trade Maxim Medvedkov, said it would like transport matters with Lithuania not to get more complicated after its entry into the EU.

    Medvedkov also noted that long queues are now forming in the Kaliningrad region on the border with Lithuania.

    Also, the Lithuanian company Telecomas has boosted prices on transit telephone conversations between Kaliningraders and people in other regions of Russia, said Medvedkov.

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