On November 11, 2002, a joint Russia/EU agreement was reached on transiting between the separated Kaliningrad region and rest of the Russian Federation, stating:
Both sides agreed on further development of their strategic partnership.
They agreed to accommodate each other’s concerns and rights with regard to “future transit of persons and goods between the Kaliningrad Region and other parts of Russia, and to intensify their cooperation to promote the social and economic development of the region as a whole.”
On January 1, 2003, Lithuania “implement(ed) national border control regulations” to accommodate Russia and the EU on this issue “in order not to disrupt it.”
Parties involved understand that doing so does not infringe on Lithuanian rights.
They agreed “to facilitate…economic development (and) human contacts (to) promote the development of the Kaliningrad Region.”
They noted that development of Kaliningrad “is important for the overall development of the Baltic Sea area.”
They agreed to comply with “the framework of the EU/Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement” to facilitate transit of persons and goods between Kaliningrad and the Russian mainland.
Brussels agreed to adopt a Facilitated Transit Document (FTD) on this issue by July 1, 2003.
Lithuania accept the agreement.
It “agreed to accept Russian passports as a basis” for transit through its territory.
Yet as directed by its US master, Vilnius unilaterally changed the rules in breach of what it agreed to observe by banning transit of goods and persons between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russian territory.
On Monday, Russian upper house Federation Council Senator Andrey Klimov denounced its unacceptable action as “aggression” against the Russian Federation, stressing:
Moscow reserves the right to “solve the problem of the Kaliningrad transit created by Lithuania by ANY means chosen by us,” adding:
Noting that unobstructed transit between both parts of the Russian Federation beached what was guaranteed to by Lithuania when it joined NATO in 2004, Klimov stressed that the war-making alliance is “de jure starting with the hands of one of its member states an unacceptable blockade” of a Russian region — what Moscow will not tolerate.
The unacceptable action by Lithuania “forc(es) (Russia) to immediately resort to adequate self-defense.”
On Sunday, Russian Senator/Deputy Federation Council Speaker, Konstantin Kosachev, accused Lithuania of breaching international law by its action.
According to Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikhanov, it affects up to half of all cargo between the region and rest of Russia.
Denouncing the move as a World Trade Organization breach, he called it “an attempt to place the region in an economic chokehold.”
While things are being arranged to transit goods and persons by ship through the Baltic Sea, it’s a stopgap measure, not a solution to the issue.
On Monday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry demanded that Lithuania’s Gitanas Nauseda regime lift its illegal rail transit ban, saying the following:
“We (told his charge d’affaires, Virginija Umbrasene,) that if the transit of goods between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia through Lithuania is not fully restored, Russia reserves the right to take action to protect its national interests.”
“We demanded that the restrictions be lifted immediately” — that this hostile move be rescinded.
That the 2002 Joint Statement of the EU and Russian Federation on transit of people and goods between the Kaliningrad Region and rest of the Russian Federation remain unchanged and fully observed.
Weeks earlier, Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, announced the formation of 12 new military units in the country’s Western Military District because of the growing threat from US-dominated NATO, stressing:
“Over the past eight years, the intensity of US strategic bomber flights in Europe increased some 15 times.”
“Visits of American ships armed with guided missiles to the Baltic Sea have become a systematic occurrence.”
“This year alone, they visited suspected cruise missile launch zones off the coast of the Kaliningrad Region six times.”
Since 2016, 24 such events have been detected.”
Moscow has no other choice than to “tak(e) appropriate countermeasures” to defend the nation’s security against the menace posed by US-dominated NATO’s war-making machine.
Dominant Biden regime hardliners and likeminded congressional Russphobes are pushing things recklessly toward direct East/West confrontation.
That’s where things are heading if pushing too far continues unchecked.
The risk of war between the world’s dominant nuclear powers is ominously high because of hegemon USA’s megalomaniacal rage to rule the world unchallenged — ignoring the risk of destroying it and all its life forms.
A Final Comment
According to a Dem-dominated House Armed Services Committee document released on Monday:
The US FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Bill “includes (another) $450 million for the (so-called) Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which provides support and assistance to the Ukrainian armed forces.”
The “increase of $150 million above the budget request” is all about using Ukrainian foot soldiers to kill maximum numbers of Russians and Donbass civilians.
It also aims to counter Russia’s good faith relations with the world community of nations worldwide, targeting China in similar fashion.
According to hawkish House Armed Services Committee chairman Adam Smith’s perversion of reality:
“Strategic competitors like Beijing and Moscow threaten the security, freedom, and prosperity of people living around the world by seeking to erode (hegemon USA’s so-called rules-based international order” — what flagrantly breaches international and US constitutional law, Smith left unexplained.
While a changing of the guard in Congress post-November midterms won’t likely change militant US hostility toward Russia and China, perhaps replacing Dem leadership with GOP control will downshift from the threat of WW III, at least short-term.