Exclave: Dispute over Kaliningrad"blockade": Kremlin seeks revenge

Because Lithuania is implementing the EU sanctions, Russia is angry – and speaks of a “blockade”. Hardliners talk about the use of nuclear weapons.

Since last Friday, Lithuania has refused Russian trains carrying building materials, cement, metals and high technology from Russia Kaliningrad exclave want to bring the passage. Lithuania emphasizes that it is simply following the EU package of sanctions against Russia that came into force on June 17.

Moscow reacted angrily. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke of a violation of “everything and everything”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs first appointed the Lithuanian plenipotentiary, then the EU ambassador. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova threatened “regrettable consequences” for Lithuania and the West. These could affect Russian shipments not only to, but also through EU countries and put food safety in question worldwide.

The hard-liner secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, complained that the situation in the Baltic region was characterized by a concentration of NATO forces and unprecedented political, informational and economic pressure from the West. To such “hostile acts” as that partial cargo blockade Kaliningrad, Russia will definitely react. “There will be serious negative effects for the people of Lithuania.”

Another threat of nuclear weapons

The Russian Senator Andrei Klimov also spoke of a “blockade” that could be described as “direct aggression against Russia, which literally forces us to immediate self-defense”.

Kaliningrad, which belonged to East Prussia and the German Reich until 1945, is not really an exclave because it has an open sea connection with Russia. But Alexander Nossovich, a political scientist from Kaliningrad, is already talking about a “complete blockade” being used Russian nuclear weapons justify.

Rush in the Kremlin, serenity in Kaliningrad

Meanwhile, Duma deputy Oleg Morozov is thinking aloud about opening up a land corridor. To do this, Russian troops would have to cross the 66-kilometer “Suwalki Gap” between the Kaliningrad region and Belarus along the Lithuanian-Polish border, then the three Baltic NATO states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia would be separated from Poland and Europe by land. There is also speculation in Moscow that Russia’s air force could hijack the airspace over Lithuania and supply Kaliningrad with cargo planes.

Meanwhile, in the exclave itself, serenity prevails. They have their own electricity and food, explained Governor Anton Alikhanov. Fuel, cement, coal and metals would come by sea. Even tourists give it enough Lithuania’s decision is a gross violation of the treaties between the EU and Russia. One will urge that the European neighbors change their behavior. “If that doesn’t happen quickly, we are already in the process of making new ships available on the Baltic Sea.”

This article first appeared on waz.de.

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