Kaliningrad siege, Russia: “Response to Lithuania will not be diplomatic”

Kaliningrad siege, Russia: "Response to Lithuania will not be diplomatic"

Russia’s response to the Kaliningrad blockade will be “practical and non-diplomatic.” Or the transit ban imposed by Lithuania. “The answer will not be diplomatic, it will be practical,” said Maria Sakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry. Sakharova did not elaborate on the nature of the practical steps Russia intends to take against Lithuania.

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As Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed at a meeting of Trilogy Club International, Russian diplomacy’s absolute priority is to prevent direct confrontation between the nuclear powers.

“Given the dangers of exacerbating the Ukrainian crisis and the general unpredictability of the evolution of the international situation, the unconditional priority of Russian diplomacy is to prevent direct confrontation between the nuclear powers,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Tass. Agency ..

Russia, meanwhile, has been accused of mimicking missile strikes on Estonia. According to an interview with the Finnish daily Iltalehti by the Chief of Staff of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, Kusti Sal, “Russia is currently conducting exercises to mimic missile strikes on Estonian territory.” In addition, Russian military helicopters repeatedly violate the airspace of the Baltic states, “a helicopter does not accidentally cross the border,” Salm emphasizes.

A situation that the Estonian Ministry of Defense takes very seriously. “The Russians think we do not deserve independence. This confirms their recent strategic interactions and actions,” Sal added. In early March, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selensky recalled in an article that Putin had warned Putin that he would try to seize the Baltic if Russia could conquer Ukraine. “If Ukraine collapses, the next move will be for the Baltic states,” Selensky said.

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