Kaliningrad – How This Small Isolated Russian Province Could Drag NATO Into A War & Even Triggers World War III

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Since Russia launched its so-called “special military operation” to de-Nazify Ukraine on February 24, nobody pays any attention to Kaliningrad, a small piece of land sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland. It was only after Lithuania decided last week (June 18) to ban the transit of goods through its territory to Kaliningrad that the world attention shifts to this land covering just 223 km².


Lithuania’s action – deliberately or ignorantly – could drag the European Union or NATO into the current Ukraine War, and could even trigger World War 3. Kaliningrad, which is on the Baltic Sea and about 1,300km (800 miles) from Moscow, is actually a Russian province. Historically, the city was under the Old Prussian settlement, the Poland (1454-1657), the German (1657-1945) and Russian (from 1945 onwards).


From the beginning, Kaliningrad was founded as a “military fortress” in 1255 after the Prussian Crusade by the Teutonic Knights against Baltic Prussians. Known as Königsberg, it was renamed Kaliningrad after Soviet Red Army captured it from Nazi Germany 1945 and later ceded to the Soviet Union. Home to about 500,000 people, Kaliningrad is not just a piece of useless city.

War Kaliningrad - Russia vs NATO - Map

On the contrary, the Kaliningrad Oblast became a strategically important area during the Cold War. The Soviet Baltic Fleet was headquartered in the city in the 1950s. In fact, the city is so strategically and important that the Kaliningrad Oblast was closed to foreign visitors. The town of Baltiysk, just outside Kaliningrad, is the only Russian Baltic Sea port that is “ice-free” all year round.


When Poland and Lithuania became members of NATO and subsequently the European Union in 2004, the isolated Russian province became even more critical. In July 2007, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov declared that if US-controlled missile defence systems were deployed in Poland, then nuclear weapons might be deployed in Kaliningrad.


As the U.S. continuously enlarges NATO by expanding to the east, despite promise not to do so, Russia felt threatened, leading to Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 and the deployment of nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad in 2016 (upgraded in 2018). The U.S. protested, but Moscow said it can do whatever it wants since NATO also deployed missiles.

Russia Iskander Missile

Washington argues that its missile deployment in the Eastern Europe is shield designed to counter possible missile attacks by Iran, but Moscow says it is directed against Russia. It was the same tactic used by the U.S. when it deployed anti-missile system – Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) – in South Korea against China under the pretext of countering North Korea.


In a nutshell, Kaliningrad is heavily militarized. After all, it has been the base for Russia’s Baltic Fleet since May 1703 – the oldest Russian Navy formation established by Tsar Peter the Great. Kaliningrad is a “natural buffer zone” that provides the first line of defence for Russia from the West, the same way North Korea is a buffer zone to China which Beijing will protect at all cost.


The military city is equipped with radar systems which provide aerial surveillance of central Europe. In 2012, it was already equipped with the S-400, an anti-aircraft missile defence system that has a long-range coverage – up to 400 kilometres and a height of up to 30 kilometres. The Russian S-400 and S-500 defence systems have always been a nightmare for the U.S. and NATO.

Russia S-400 Missile Defence System

In May, as part of a naval drill, more than 100 Russian soldiers in Kaliningrad simulated to fire nuclear rockets at enemy positions in Europe. In June, the Baltic Fleet started exercising with the participation of about 60 warships. The exercise has sent fears that Sweden, who has applied to join NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), could be under a naval attack from Kaliningrad.


NATO, on the other hand, worries that Russia could invade Poland and Lithuania to create a land corridor from the territory to Belarus. While Lithuania argued that it was just complying with the European Union sanctions against Russia, it could be used as an excuse by both sides – E.U. and Russia – to escalate the Ukraine War. It could be the U.S.’ deliberate attempt to prolong the war.


At the same time, the Kremlin could use it as an excuse to attack either Lithuania or Poland in an attempt to test the NATO’s Article 5, which says that an attack on one member of NATO is an attack on all of its members. But the burning question is – will the U.S. really sends its precious troops to finally fight the Russians if one of the NATO members is being attacked?

Russia vs NATO - Flag

Because Kaliningrad isn’t directly connected to the rest of Russia, it gets most of its supplies by land routes or by sea. Lithuania’s announcement that its state rail operator would no longer allow the transit of sanctioned goods through Lithuania to Kaliningrad has been condemned by Moscow as a blockade – or even a declaration of war – and would be reciprocated with a “practical retaliation”.


Unless the U.S., E.U. and NATO are really serious about the Article 5, Lithuania’s latest blockade could backfire if Vladimir Putin calls the West bluffs and decides to invades and captures “Suwalki Corridor” or Suwalki Gap – the shortest land route measuring 64 kilometres (40 miles) which connects between Kaliningrad Oblast and Belarus, Russia’s ally.


If Putin uses the territory of Belarus to launch another special military operation to “liberate” Kaliningrad the same way the Russian president has done with Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland could essentially be cut off from each other. Worse, it could provide justification for Moscow to also cut off the Baltic nations – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – from the rest of NATO territory.

Russia Baltic Fleet

The Lithuania’s ban effectively violates an agreement signed in April 2003 (ahead of Poland and Lithuania joining the E.U. in 2004) between the European Union and Russia, which allowed people and goods from Kaliningrad to obtain a transit document for train travel across Lithuania to Russia. On June 8, Russian Lower House of Parliament discussed about revoking the Soviet Union’s recognition of Lithuania’s independence.


It doesn’t matter whether the decision to block Kaliningrad has the endorsement from the U.S., E.U. or NATO. The Western nations’ over confidence that Russia will not dare attack a NATO member, such as Lithuania, could be severely misplaced. Putin probably bets that neither the U.S. nor the E.U. wants another war after the havoc the Ukraine War has done to the global economy.


Thanks to Lithuania, Putin said Russia will send “Iskander-M” – nuclear capable short-range missile systems – to ally Belarus. The system, with a range of up to 500 kilometres, can fire ballistic and cruise missiles, both conventional and nuclear types. Speaking in St Petersburg, Mr Putin also said Russia would help to modify Belarusian SU-25 warplanes so that they could carry nuclear weapons.

Russia President Vladimir Putin - Cunning

Last month, Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko revealed that his country had bought Iskander nuclear-capable missiles and S-400 anti-aircraft anti-missile systems from Russia. Lukashenko has expressed concern about the “aggressive”, “confrontational” and “repulsive” policies of its neighbours Lithuania and Poland – suggesting that Belarus might join the war soon.


On Saturday (June 25), Ukraine surrendered the key city of Severodonetsk after losing Mariupol, a major industrial hub, to Russia on May 20. Russia now controls nearly all of Luhansk region and much of neighbouring Donetsk – the two regions that form the vast industrial Donbas. To save face, some western analysts called the loss of the major strategic city as merely “symbolic victory” to Russia.


More importantly, the readiness of Russia to escalate the Ukraine War to the Baltic nations appears very real after Estonia complained that Russian MI-8 helicopter, which switched off its transponder, has violated its airspace on June 18, the same day Lithuania blocked Kaliningrad from receiving goods such as coal, steel, construction materials and advanced technology.

Russian MI-8 Helicopter Violate Estonia Airspace


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“Ukraine Tells NATO, Russia Wants To Dictate Future World Order” By Pavel Polityuk / Wednesday, 29 Jun 20227:31 PM MYT



Here we go again, so much misinformation and disinformation constantly coming out from Ukraine’s mouth. Endless begging for money, $ 5 billion a month, ( one got to make hay while the sun is still shining bright) on the pretext of defending its nation from Russia in a war which Ukraine itself was responsible for causing. Innocent Ukraine citizens, just fodder for its war.

Now Finland and Sweden wants to follow the Ukraine way. Good Luck. If Europe burns, USA is still in safe distance from it all until such time. Probably, the ‘ Vikings ‘ will also be taking the beating
alongside Ukraine.

Ukraine’s war has nothing to do with the rest of the world. It is your war, so you deal with it. The rest of the world did not ask for it. But due to Ukraine’s irresponsible behavior in creating its war, the rest of the world are somewhat effected by it due to commerce. What the rest of the world should do is rethink how it does business with Ukraine and some of the European countries from now onwards.

The rest of the world are very much in doubt about Russia’s interest in world order through military means. But for USA, there is definitely no doubt about it, for now anyway. Why is USA interested in spreading its NATO’s Dominance in Europe, this despite the fact that it promised Russia it will not do so? How come Ukraine does not speak of this ? A lapse of memory perhaps? We doubt it.

Ukraine’s Narrative of Russia being the big bad bear, whose interest is in gobbling all of Europe and then onwards to the rest of the world is only for one purpose. It is all about – Money, Money, Money. That is the impression, the rest of the world is getting, every time Ukraine opens its mouth.

” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, “Financial support for Ukraine is now no less important than aid with weapons, we need about $ 5 billion a month – and that’s a fundamental thing. This is exactly what is needed for defence, for security.”


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