Around 2,500 football fans crossed the Lithuanian border on Friday night, going on special trains to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
Near Panemunė border checkpoint
© M.Milinio nuotr.

Renatas Požėla, commander of border guards currently working under a tightened regime, said the majority of fans were Russian citizens.

Additional trains for fans were launched on Friday night ahead of a match between Serbia and Switzerland.

"There were around 500 people in each train and there were five trains this night," Požėla told BNS Lithuania. "60-70 percent of them were Russian citizens, 15 percent were Serbs and there were also Belarusian, Moroccans and Americans."

Football fans in mainland Russian travel to Kaliningrad by train as trips are free for those having Fan IDs.

Lithuanian border guards also on Friday blocked two citizens of Algeria from entering the country as one of them had no valid Schengen visa and the other one had fake documents. All in all, Lithuanian border guards have stopped 14 foreigners with Fan IDs from entering Lithuania ahead of and during the World Cup.

Officers are concerned that third-country citizens are using the opportunity of free travel in Russia to eventually reach EU countries.

"Some fans are taking advantage of the championship, and tension is already rising on the Polish-Belarusian and Polish-Russian borders. They already see it as a threat, (…) so we should not feel calm as well," Požėla said.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

At A. Guoga’s initiative, 27 MEPs urge Amazon Inc. to halt sales of Soviet symbols

At the initiative of MEP Antanas Guoga , 27 MEPs have called on the CEO of Amazon Inc. Jeff Bezos in...

R. Morkūnaitė-Mikulėnienė: "Amazon should stop selling items with soviet symbols"

Member of Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and Deputy Chair of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian...

Poland thanks Lithuania for naming Vilnius street after Kaczynski

Poland on Friday thanked Lithuania for naming a street in its capital Vilnius after late Polish...

Locomotives perform Poland's anthem in Lithuania on centenary occasion

Seven locomotives performed Poland 's national anthem in Vilnius on Friday as Poland's independence...

Street named after late Polish President Kaczynski unveiled in Vilnius

A sign marking a Vilnius street named after late Polish President Lech Kaczynski has been unveiled...