The blockade of Lithuania and Kaliningrad renews tension between Europe and Russia

The castle under siege opens a new front of tension. KaliningradTrapped in the middle of NATO countries and a strategic stronghold on the Baltic Sea, the Russian piece of land has for three days returned to the center of the confrontation between the Kremlin and the West. Indeed, Lithuania decided to ban rail transportation of a long list of goods subject to European sanctions. Since Friday, the authorities in Vilnius have banned the import and export of metals, building materials, coal and technological devices. According to rumors, half of the freight trains to Kaliningrad could have been stopped and this could have caused a rush to stocks, forcing half a million residents to storm supermarkets.

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conservative Anton Alikhanov And he tried to reassure the population, and announced that the Russian ferry fleet would guarantee supplies: “There are two ships in service, and soon there will be seven.” But Moscow has already contested the case. Chairman of the Sovereignty Protection Committee in the Federation Council. Andrey KlimovHe stated that either Brussels “will correct the situation regarding the blockade of Kaliningrad, or Russia will be free to resolve the transit issue by any means.” And he threatened: “This is a direct attack on Russia” that may force Moscow to “resort to self-defense.” He then accused NATO of being the inspiration for Lithuania’s decision. On the same line, a Kremlin spokesman said Dmitriy Peskov: “It is an illegal act. The situation is really serious and requires a thorough analysis to prepare a response.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis Arriving at the EU summit this morning, he reiterated his country’s readiness to impose sanctions and act after consultation with the Brussels Commission. “Russia wants to show the level of pressure it can put on Europe. This is the time to testify to our resolve.” Landsbergis repeated what his country had said: “If we gave Ukraine 90 percent of the military assistance it requested, and not 10 percent, the war would quickly be closed. The blockade of the Black Sea ports we need deterrence, if we provide anti-ship weapons to Kyiv, and it will We guarantee that the Russians cannot stop the transfer of grain.”

Kaliningrad, the former Prussian capital is the new Russian missile fortress

by Gianluca de Vio

A history marked by the siege

Story of the Kaliningrad It has always been characterized by siege. Previous Konigsberg, the palace of the Teutonic Knights and then the capital of Prussia, the last one lived in 1945: after the occupation of the Red Army there was the annexation of Moscow and the “Russianization” of the population, which resisted the collapse of the Soviet Union and all changes in world maps. Over the past decade, Putin has turned the enclave into a missile base, which dominates access to the Baltic Sea routes and could strike Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Riga and Vilnius with nuclear warheads. Before the invasion of Ukraine, the garrison was reinforced by a squadron of fighters armed with Kinzhal hypersonic bombs and other attack submarines. The Kremlin intends to make its army a burden on the West.

“Nuclear simulation”, Moscow’s new challenge that worries the West: experiments with “electronic launch” of missiles from Kaliningrad

By our reporter Rosalba Castelletti

Russian provocation

Last Friday in the Baltic Sea, two Russian military ships entered the territorial waters of Denmark, and appeared in front of a Danish island. Some analysts read this initiative as retaliation for the deployment in Ukraine of Harpoon anti-ship missiles donated to Kyiv by Copenhagen, which allegedly sank a large Russian locomotive off Serpent Island. A few hours later, two patrol boats of the Black Sea Fleet approached a Roman oil platform, and were within hours of their weapons.

Among the many points of friction between NATO and Moscow, Kaliningrad is one of the most worrying. Indeed, it is Russian territory: a situation that, in the eyes of Moscow hawks like Andrei Klimov – a senator from Putin’s party and the legislative director of the annexation of Crimea – justifies the use of “self-defense”: a threat that may include the use of nuclear weapons.

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