June 25, 2022

‘The Russians could come any time’: fear at Suwałki Gap on EU border

Sixty-mile strip on edge of Poland and Lithuania is seen as vulnerable due to its position between Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and BelarusRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesStefan Bilas, 68, says he hears the Russians sometimes. It can be the growl of tanks that drowns out the gentle clucking of the chickens in his front yard, or more often the whirr of attack helicopters or the deafening roar of fighter jets, destination unknown.Artillery fire was heard the other night and there is a shooting range somewhere over there, he points. The lights of a Russian watchtower can be seen at the dead of night. “Peace,” toasts the retired farmer, knocking back a vodka. Continue reading...
June 23, 2022

Watch: Why Russia is threatening Lithuania over Kaliningrad

The exclave, sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland, is of strategic importance for Russia, which acquired the territory after WWII.
June 21, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war: Moscow warns Lithuania over blockade; Russian forces capture frontline village – live

Russia says ‘appropriate measures’ being considered amid restrictions on goods moving through Baltic state; village of Toshkivka now under Russian controlRussia threatens retaliation as Lithuania bans goods transitNobel peace prize auctioned by Russian journalist for $103.5mAt a glance: what we know on day 118 of the invasionReuters reports the Georgian prime minister, Irakli Garibashvili, has said at an economic conference in Qatar that his country is committed to joining Nato, but must solve its territorial problems with Russia first.Georgia is sandwiched between Russia in the north, with Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan to its south. The breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are internationally recognised as part of Georgia’s territory, although a handful of states, including Russia, officially recognise them. Continue reading...
June 21, 2022

Russia threatens ‘serious consequences’ as Lithuania blocks rail goods

Row escalates over Vilnius’s refusal to allow steel and iron ore to cross Russian exclave of KaliningradExplainer: Where is Kaliningrad?The head of the Kremlin’s security council has threatened the “population of Lithuania” in an escalation of the row over Lithuanian railway’s refusal to allow some goods to cross the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.After a meeting in the region, which is wedged between Lithuania and Poland, 800 miles from Moscow, Nikolai Patrushev upped the rhetoric by threatening “serious consequences”. Continue reading...
June 21, 2022

Why is Kaliningrad at the centre of a row between Russia and Lithuania?

Lithuanian ban on transit of sanctioned goods across its territory to and from Russian region has angered KremlinNews report: row escalates over Kaliningrad Russia-Ukraine war – latest updatesThe Russian oblast or region, which is smaller than Wales, is on the Baltic sea, wedged between Lithuania to its north and east and Poland to its south. It lies about 800 miles (1,300km) from Moscow. Continue reading...
June 20, 2022

EU should arm Ukrainian ports to solve food crisis, Lithuania FM says

The impact of Russia's aggression on Ukraine on food security is the main item on the agenda of the meeting held in Luxembourg on Monday as about 20 million tonnes of wheat and other grains remain stuck in Ukraine because of the war.
June 20, 2022

Russia condemns Lithuania transit ban on some goods to Kaliningrad

Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson says Moscow will defend its interests as people panic buy in Baltic Sea exclaveRussia has condemned a ban imposed by Lithuania on the transit of some goods across its territory to its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, as Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson said Moscow would defend its interests.There was panic buying in Kaliningrad over the weekend after authorities in the Russian region claimed Lithuania was preparing to close off the rail and gas pipe links that supply the area. Continue reading...
June 14, 2022

Why Lithuania is polarised over Russia's war in Ukraine

"It is either white or black and you have to take one side," one expert told Euronews, referring to how the Ukraine war is dividing society in Lithuania.
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