- Will the Blockade of Kaliningrad Ignite WW3?
by , https://www.theorganicprepper.com/
Most are unaware of the Lithuanian blockade preventing the flow of goods into Kaliningrad. Fewer still understand the significance of this strategic area, a small plot of land that may very well touch off a world war between Russia and her allies and NATO.
What is the key to understanding the gravity of the Lithuanian blockade and Kaliningrad’s strategic importance to Russia? Kaliningrad is the headquarters of Russia’s Baltic Sea Fleet.
Just what is Kaliningrad?
Basically, it is a 160-square mile plot of land called an oblast by Russia, a word that translates roughly into “province.” It sits between Lithuania and Poland. It is accessible by land via an avenue known as the Suwalki Gap, a narrow corridor extending about 50 miles from the Russian forces stationed in the nation of Belarus and the Russian territory of Kaliningrad, which is situated on the Baltic Sea coast.
Kaliningrad was originally the 13th-century city of Konigsberg, the capital of the German province of East Prussia up until 1945. After World War II ended, the Soviet Union took it over, and it was made into a Soviet province. Currently, about 500,000 people live there. Ethnically, it is 78% Russian and 8% Belorussian. The remainder is mostly made up of other Eastern Europeans whose nations were once part of the Soviet Union. The remaining Germans were forced out by 1949.
What are the politics surrounding Kaliningrad?
The German government has relinquished any claim to it. However, Lithuania and Poland have been “jockeying” to take it over since the (first) Cold War ended in the 1990s.
Most of those on the “Brandon Bandwagon” cite media reports claiming “Kaliningrad is occupied by Russia” and that it’s not really theirs. They also parrot the absurdity that “Lithuania has the right to restrict goods into it” because they’re NATO. They claim such actions are justified because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
They conveniently forget that Guantanamo Bay is the only US base on the soil of a Communist nation…Cuba. We’re certainly not going to “relinquish” our base.