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  • Lithuania threatens to take Russian region hostage, demands changes in foreign policy

    10/02/2013 9:26:41 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 47 replies
    The Lithuanian Foreign Minister says his country could block land transport to Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad if Russia maintains its opposition to stronger trade ties between Ukraine and the European Union. "As you know, the Kaliningrad region is isolated, geographically isolated, so we could apply some measures also to cut something," the Reuters news agency quoted Linas Linkevicius as saying on Wednesday. "Transport, we could cut off trains, but not only trains, also the supply of goods, whatever. It is theoretically possible," the official added. The reporters raised the topic as Lithuania, which currently holds the rotating presidency in...
  • Poland to receive first US missiles in May

    05/02/2010 9:40:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/21/2010 | Space Daily
    The first-ever battery of US Patriot missiles to be deployed in Poland will arrive in late May, defence ministry spokesman Janusz Sejmej told AFP on Wednesday. "Following preparations and consultations, the first deployment of a battery of anti-missile Patriots will start around May 24 in Morag," Sejmej said. The Polish military base at Morag, in the Mazurian Lakes region, is some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Warsaw and just 60 kilometres (40 kilometres) from the border with Russia's Kaliningrad territory. Sejmej refused to say how long the deployment would last, but said it was "temporary". In February, Poland ratified...
  • Russia renews threat to base missiles in Kaliningrad

    02/19/2010 10:01:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 276+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/19/2010 | AFP
    Russia warned on Friday that it could revive plans to base missiles on NATO's doorstep amid growing controversy over new proposals for a US missile shield in central Europe. Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said Moscow could still decide to station the missiles in Kaliningrad -- a western Russian exclave nestled between Poland and Lithuania -- if it felt its security was under threat. "If there is no additional threat to Russia's security, then we will not base Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad," Russian news agencies quoted Serdyukov as saying on a visit to Finland. "But if an additional threat appears, then...
  • Moscow's policy breeds frustration in Kaliningrad

    02/05/2010 2:26:34 PM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 360+ views
    CES ^ | 2010-02-03 | Agata Dubas and Jadwiga Rogoża
    Moscow's policy breeds frustration in Kaliningrad EASTWEEK 2010-02-03 | Agata Dubas and Jadwiga Rogoża On 30 January, the largest social and political protest in many years took place in Kaliningrad. Ten thousand people demanded better welfare conditions for the region and the resignation of the Kaliningrad governor Georgy Boos; they also called on PM Vladimir Putin to resign. The underlying cause of the protest came from Moscow's long-term policy of prioritising Kaliningrad's integration with Russia while attaching secondary importance to the region's development. The policy of centralisation (which has been adversely affecting the region), as well as the changes to...
  • US and Poland agree on location of new site for Patriot air-defence systems

    02/05/2010 1:15:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 161+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 02/05/2010 | Defense Professionals
    As Polish and American parties have agreed the site for the stationing Patriot missiles in Poland will be Morag in the northeast of the country near the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. As the Minister of National Defence Bogdan Klich said practical reasons stay behind the choice of the site for the temporary stationing of U.S. air defence batteries The location of Warmia-Mazury province was determined by good logistic and lodging conditions, Klich explained. In Morag currently station units of 20th Mechanized Brigade. “The location of missile bases in Morag will not require significant investment that would have to be made...
  • Russia denies fleet boost over US Poland missile plan

    01/21/2010 9:12:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 340+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/21/2010 | AFP via Space War
    Russia on Thursday said it had no plans to boost the arsenal of its Baltic Fleet in response to Poland's announcement that the United States will deploy Patriot-type missiles close to Russian borders. "No changes are planned in the combat components of the Baltic Fleet in connection with the deployment of US Patriot missiles close to the border with Russia," the defence ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies. Earlier, the RIA Novosti news agency had quoted a high-ranking official in the Baltic Fleet as saying Russia would be boosting the weaponry of the fleet's ships, submarines and...
  • US to deploy defensive missiles on Russia's doorstep

    01/21/2010 12:41:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 830+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/20/2010 | AFP via Space War
    The United States will deploy Patriot-type surface-to-air missiles in northern Poland some 60 kilometres (35 miles) from Russia's Kaliningrad territory, Poland's defence minister said Wednesday. "Morag was chosen as the location long ago, but we didn't make it public," Bogdan Klich said, quoted by Poland's PAP news agency. He insisted the choice of the site close to Kaliningrad had "no political or strategic meaning -- its good infrastructure is the only reason." Home to a Polish military base, Morag could see the Patriot missiles arrive as soon as late March or early April, Klich said. On December 11, Poland and...
  • Fall Of The Wall? U.S. Sends Regrets

    11/04/2009 4:18:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 2,127+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 4, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Cold War: The White House has announced our absence at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, Russia has been practicing a nuclear invasion of an abandoned Poland. The Berlin Wall has been a famous backdrop for American presidents sounding the battle cry of liberty in the struggle against tyranny. It was there that John F. Kennedy expressed our solidarity with the encircled residents of that outpost of freedom with his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner." And it was there that Ronald Reagan, with a defiant "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," voiced our...
  • Russian church head: Crisis also a blessing

    03/23/2009 7:30:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 202+ views
    AP ^ | March 22, 2009
    Calling the economic downturn a "blessing," Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill said it would allow people to consider and re-evaluate their lives. "The crisis, in a sense, may help our people reach the right attitude toward work," Kirill was quoted as saying during a visit to Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad. "Everyone should ask himself whether his salary is proportional to his real contribution." The crisis has put millions in Russia out of work, after nearly a decade of oil-fueled growth. Kirill compared it, however, to a flood that is sweeping away economic falsehoods and excessive self-indulgence and helping to...
  • Kaliningrad erases stains of past (Russian Baltic Enclave)

    10/16/2006 3:44:54 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 41 replies · 953+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-16-2006 | Laura Sheeter
    It is rare to hear good things about Russia's Kaliningrad region on the Baltic Sea. Cut off from the rest of Russia, tucked between Poland and Lithuania, during the 1990s Kaliningrad became notorious for smuggling and epidemics of heroin abuse and HIV. It was the first place in Russia to be hit by widespread HIV infection. During Soviet times Kaliningrad was a closed military zone, and after the fall of the USSR the exclave suffered one of the worst economic collapses anywhere in Russia. But things are quietly changing in Russia's smallest region, because Kaliningrad is experiencing an economic boom...
  • Tests show that Nazis used human remains to make soap

    10/06/2006 9:57:16 AM PDT · by lizol · 151 replies · 2,940+ views
    Mail&Guardian ^ | 06 October 2006
    Tests show that Nazis used human remains to make soap Warsaw, Poland 06 October 2006 04:41 The Nazis used human fat to make soap during World War II in a Nazi German medical academy located in what is now the Polish Baltic sea port city of Gdansk, Polish war crimes prosecutors confirmed on Friday, pointing to new laboratory tests. Officials with Poland's Institute for National Remembrance (IPN) based their findings on a laboratory analysis of a piece of soap found in 1945 in the medical academy in Gdansk run by Nazi German Professor Rudolf Spanner. A new laboratory analysis of...
  • Plane Crash Mars Russian Naval Celebration

    08/02/2006 7:59:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 986+ views
    Kommersant,Russia ^ | July 31, 2006 | Nikolay Sergeev
    Plane Crash Mars Naval Celebration A Su-24M bomber crashed yesterday at the main base of the Baltic Fleet in the city of Balstiisk during Naval Fleet Day celebrations attended by Defense Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov. In spite of the emergency, three other bombers did not return immediately to the base, as they were supposed to. One of them was only able to land on the second attempt. The festivities, which Ivanov observed from aboard the flagship destroyer Perservering, included a naval parade and parachute competitions, with an airshow as the finale. Four Su-24M bombers from the...
  • Vistula Lagoon blocked for sea traffic (by the Russians)

    05/09/2006 12:18:22 PM PDT · by lizol · 21 replies · 536+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 09.05.2006
    Vistula Lagoon blocked for sea traffic 9.05.2006 Russian authorities stopped traffic over the Vistula Lagoon, a decision read as yet another sign of the deteriorating diplomatic situation between Poland and Russia. According to a Russian statement the Russian side will not commence border controls until a "new agreement regulating seafaring on the Vistula Lagoon" is signed. Russia's decision will hit Polish and Russian shipowners offering connections between Polish ports and Kaliningrad.
  • Going Dangerously Astray

    09/20/2005 9:32:51 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 11 replies · 1,234+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | September 20, 2005 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    This month, Russia lost two jet fighters during military exercises that simulated a major war with NATO. A naval task force was deployed in the North Atlantic on a mission to intercept and destroy U.S. reinforcements heading to the European theater of war. During exercises on Sept. 5, a Su-33 jet fighter fell off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov during landing and sank. The pilot ejected and was rescued. Then on Thursday, seven Air Force jet fighters were sent from the St. Petersburg area to fly over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea to Kaliningrad....
  • How Russia, Germany and France protected themselves from Poland and Lithuania

    07/04/2005 8:16:38 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 156 replies · 3,028+ views
    Kommersant ^ | JULY 04, 2005 | Andrey Kolesnikov
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met with French president Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Kaliningrad on Sunday. Together, they heard themselves called history's losers and together they disagreed. In the opinion of Kommersant special correspondent Andrey Kolesnikov, their objections were unsuccessful too. Schroeder arrived in Kaliningrad first. Putin met him at Svetlogorsk, a local resort (of national importance, the locals are quick to mention). They drank coffee as they waited for Chirac. Then the three leaders negotiated for more than two hours. At the press conference afterwards, all three of them looked self-assured ready to meet other self-assured...
  • Kaliningrad marks key anniversary

    07/03/2005 10:33:44 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 338+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, 3 July, 2005
    Kaliningrad marks key anniversary The Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, situated between Poland and Lithuania on the shores of the Baltic Sea, has marked 750 years since its foundation. Russian leader Vladimir Putin hosted French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at an anniversary celebration on Sunday. They told Mr Putin that good relations between Russia and the EU were vital for world and regional stability. Poland and Lithuania had criticised Russia for not inviting them. The former German territory was annexed by Soviet forces in 1945 but has been separated from Russia since the collapse of the Soviet...
  • Another scar on Polish-Russian relations?

    06/30/2005 9:51:56 AM PDT · by lizol · 22 replies · 456+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 30.06.2005
    Another scar on Polish-Russian relations? 30.06.2005 The citizens of Kaliningrad have sent the presidents of Poland and Lithuania invitations to the ceremonies marking the 750th anniversary of this Russian enclave wedged between Poland and Lithuania. Neither of the presidents were officially invited by the Russian authorities to attend the events beginning tomorrow. The invitations from the people of Kaliningrad were sent through electronic mail to the respective countries’ consulates in Kaliningrad and then forwarded to the presidents of Poland and Lithuania. Mayor of Olsztyn, capital city of a province bordering with Kaliningrad, who, in turn, did receive invitation will not...
  • Polish leaders disappointed at not being asked to Russian anniversary

    06/28/2005 12:05:28 PM PDT · by lizol · 102 replies · 968+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | Jun 28 2005
    Polish leaders disappointed at not being asked to Russian anniversary Jun 28 2005, 11:18 WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Polish officials expressed disappointment on Monday that Russia didn't invite any of the country's leaders to July celebrations marking the 750th anniversary of the founding of Kaliningrad. It "is more than a mistake," Poland's President Aleksander Kwasniewski said in an interview on all-news channel TVN24. "We do not understand this." Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to take part in the anniversary celebrations in the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, a once-German city...
  • Lithuania annoyed by lack of invitation to Kaliningrad

    06/23/2005 1:14:02 PM PDT · by Lukasz · 68 replies · 953+ views
    Baltic Times ^ | 23.06.2005
    VILNIUS - Lithuanian officials have expressed surprise and disappointment at having not been invited by Moscow to the anniversary celebrations in Kaliningrad in the beginning of July. Neither Poland nor Lithuania have received invitations to take part in the 750 anniversary celebrations of the city of Kaliningrad, formerly Konigsberg, and part of the area still known to many as “little Lithuania.” "If Germany's Chancellor Gerhard Schroder and Russia's President Vladimir Putin are indeed attending the festivities in Kaliningrad without the participation of the immediate neighbors and will be inaugurated honorary doctors of the Kaliningrad University, that will be a significant...
  • Kaliningrad: The forgotten land

    03/30/2005 7:58:27 AM PST · by lizol · 127 replies · 1,895+ views
    BBC News ^ | 26 March, 2005 | Steven Paulikas
    Kaliningrad: The forgotten land By Steven Paulikas BBC News, Kaliningrad Kaliningrad has suffered more than a decade of neglect due to its isolation from the main body of Russia. As the country's only ice-free European port, it remains strategically important to Moscow. Yet local residents are beginning to demand the sort of lifestyle they see in neighbouring countries. Kaliningrad is something of a regional court jester, a dysfunctional bit of land so tragic it is actually comical in the eyes of its European neighbours. The Soviet Union annexed this former German territory on the south-eastern shores of the Baltic Sea...
  • Kaliningrad Flies an Orange Flag

    02/22/2005 2:17:23 PM PST · by Lukasz · 22 replies · 818+ views
    Kaliningrad hosted a Constituent Congress of Pespublika public movement Monday. The activists pledged to lead an attack for getting a republic status for Kaliningrad, within Russia though. Two weeks ago, in the course of his visit to Kaliningrad, Ilya Klebanov, Russian president’s plenipotentiary to the Northwestern Federal District, unexpectedly supported the idea of assigning ‘an overseas status’ to the Russian enclave in Europe. Then, members of the Expert Council of the Kaliningrad Region (a public organization backed up by the local authorities) explained to Klebanov that it would mean an autonomous entrance of the region in the euro zone and...
  • Russia's Kaliningrad to join EU

    02/20/2005 11:20:40 AM PST · by eluminate · 38 replies · 975+ views
    pravda.ru ^ | 2/14/2005 | pravda.ru
    Ilya Klebanov, the presidential envoy in the North-West of Russia, stated last Friday that the Kaliningrad enclave would have to be granted the official status of a foreign territory. "The position on the matter is final," the official added. The special status of the Russian western enclave implies an adaptation of the regional law to the laws of the European Union. Furthermore, citizens of Western Europe will have a right to visit the region, which will eventually be included in the euro zone. However, making any final decisions regarding the fate of the Kaliningrad region is a matter of distant...
  • Baltic enclave squares up to fortress Europe

    06/08/2002 7:17:54 AM PDT · by Korth · 6 replies · 181+ views
    Guardian ^ | June 7, 2002 | Ian Traynor
    Moscow dispatch Russian sovereignty collides with EU enlargement and catches a forgotten Baltic city in the middle, writes Ian Traynor The ancient seat of the kings of Prussia, the birthplace of Immanuel Kant, Josef Stalin's trophy territory in 1945; the Baltic pocket of Kaliningrad is rich in history. Over the past decade the small region which is now Russia's westernmost outpost has been forgotten. It was once renowned for its amber. These days it is notorious for some of the highest HIV rates in Russia. History is catching up with Kaliningrad and may be exacting a form of revenge as...