Lithuanian customs officers refused to allow a rocket launch system from Belarus to enter the country earlier this week.

Components for the M20 Missile Weapon System Model system were being transported to Lithuania by two trucks, the Customs Criminal Service said on Thursday.

After the shipment was inspected by specialists from the Inspectorate of Strategic Goods of the Lithuanian army's Movement Control Centre, and it was decided to return the vehicles and the equipment back to Belarus, taking into account bans and restrictions on the transported military equipment.

Gediminas Kulikauskas, spokesman for the Customs Criminal Service, told BNS Lithuania the attempt was made to transport the launch system to China via the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda.

The system originally arrived in Belarus from China by rail via Russia. It was exhibited during a military exhibition in Minsk.

The attempt to get the rocket launch system into Lithuania was made on Monday afternoon.

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