About: Kaliningrad

Global Europe 30-06-2022

EU nears compromise deal to defuse standoff with Russia over Kaliningrad

Trade through Lithuania to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad could return to normal within days, two sources familiar with the matter said, as European officials edge towards a compromise deal with the Baltic state to defuse a row with Moscow.
Europe's East 28-06-2022

G7 denounces ‘war crime’ as Russia missile strike kills 16 in shopping mall

A Russian missile strike on a crowded mall in central Ukraine killed at least 16 people in what Group of Seven leaders branded "a war crime" at a meeting in Germany where they looked to step up sanctions on Moscow.
Global Europe 23-06-2022

Russia makes life ‘hell’ in east Ukraine as EU leaders meet

EU leaders will gather in Brussels Thursday (23 June) to discuss calls to formally grant war-torn Ukraine "candidate status" to join the bloc, as Russian forces slowly advance in the eastern Donbas region despite fierce resistance from Kyiv's military.
Electricity 23-06-2022

Lithuania ready if Russia cuts out common power grid over Kaliningrad disruptions

Lithuania will be prepared if Russia disconnects it from the regional power grid in retaliation for blocking rail shipments of some Russian goods to Moscow's Kaliningrad exclave, but no military confrontation is expected, its president told Reuters.
Global Europe 22-06-2022

Fifteen killed as Russia rains rockets on Kharkiv

Russian forces pounded Ukraine's second largest city Kharkiv and its countryside with rockets on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people, in what Kyiv called a bid to force it to pull resources from the main battlefield to protect civilians.
Global Europe 22-06-2022

US says NATO commitment to Lithuania ‘ironclad’ after Russia threat

The United States said Tuesday (21 June) it stood firmly behind Lithuania and NATO commitments to defend it after Russia warned its neighbor over restrictions on rail transit to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
Global Europe 22-06-2022

Key Ukrainian city of Lysychansk under ‘massive’ Russian bombardment

Ukrainian forces are facing "massive" and relentless artillery attacks in a battleground eastern city of Lysychansk, Kyiv warned, as Russian troops gained ground throughout the Donbas region.
Europe's East 21-06-2022

Zelenskyy defiant as Russia intensifies attacks in east, seizes territory

Ukraine acknowledged difficulties in fighting in its east as Russian forces captured territory and intensified pressure on two cities ahead of an EU summit this week expected to welcome Kyiv's bid to join the bloc.
Europe's East 20-06-2022

EU says Lithuania acted ‘by the book’ in Kaliningrad standoff with Russia

Lithuania was not acting unilaterally and was only applying EU sanctions when it decided to ban the transit of some goods to Russia's Kaliningrad exclave, EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday (20 June).
Global Europe 20-06-2022

Russia demands Lithuania lift Kaliningrad transit ban immediately

Russia on Monday (20 June) demanded that Lithuania immediately lift a ban on the transit of some goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
Global Europe 20-06-2022

Lithuania says sanctions on goods to Kaliningrad take effect

Lithuanian authorities said a ban on the transit through their territory to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad of goods that are subject to EU sanctions was to take effect from Saturday (18 June).
Global Europe 05-05-2022

Russian ceasefire to begin at besieged Mariupol steel plant

A Russian-announced ceasefire was due to begin Thursday (5 May) at the besieged steel plant in the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol, to allow civilians to flee even as its defenders vowed to fight to the end.
Global Europe 15-04-2022

US cannot ‘take lightly’ threat Russia could use nuclear weapons – CIA chief

The threat of Russia potentially using tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine cannot be taken lightly, but the CIA has not seen a lot of practical evidence reinforcing that concern, CIA Director William Burns said on Thursday (14 April).
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Sweden boosts patrols on Gotland island amid Russia tensions

Sweden's military said on Thursday (13 January) it was ramping up its visible activities on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland amid increased tensions between NATO and Russia and a recent deployment of Russian landing craft in the Baltic.
Global Europe 30-11-2021

Latvia calls for permanent US troops to guard against Russia threat

Latvia needs a permanent US military presence to deter Russia and wants to boost its defences with US Patriot missiles, Defence Minister Artis Pabriks said on Monday (30 November) as NATO's chief visited allied troops in the Baltic country.
Global Europe 26-11-2019

Amid Russia’s tightening embrace, Belarus seeks better ties with EU

Belarus is interested in building good-neighbourly ties with the European Union, and in particular with Stockholm and Helsinki, if there are no preconditions from the bloc, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday (25 November).
Politics 14-09-2017

Russia’s Zapad war games unnerve West

From planes, radars and ships in the Baltics, NATO officials say they are watching Russia's biggest war games since 2013 with "calm and confidence", but many are unnerved about what they see as Moscow testing its ability to wage war against the West.
Politics 07-06-2017

Russian fighter intercepts US bomber over Baltic Sea

Russia scrambled a fighter jet on Tuesday (6 June) to intercept a nuclear-capable US B-52 bomber it said was flying over the Baltic Sea near its border, in an incident that had echoes of the Cold War.
Global Europe 11-05-2017

US Defence Secretary criticises Russian build-up near Baltic states

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday (10 May) that a Russian missile deployment near the Baltic states was "destabilising", and officials suggested the United States could deploy a Patriot missile battery in the region for NATO exercises in the summer.
Politics 03-04-2017

Lithuania says Russia has ability to launch Baltic attack in 24 hours

Russia has developed the capability to launch an attack on the Baltic States with as little as 24 hours' notice, limiting NATO's options to respond other than to have military forces already deployed in the region, Lithuania's intelligence service said today (3 April).
Global Europe 10-03-2017

Germany’s Gabriel, in Moscow, warns of risk of new arms race

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel yesterday (9 March) warned about the danger of a new arms race spiral with Russia and called on all sides to work to end the violence in eastern Ukraine as a first step towards broader disarmament efforts.
Global Europe 09-03-2017

Germany says worried about Russian missiles in Kaliningrad

A decision by Russia to permanently station nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, its enclave on the Baltic Sea, would mark a setback for European security, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Russian news agency Interfax yesterday (8 March).
Global Europe 16-01-2017

Lithuania to build Kaliningrad border fence with EU money

Lithuania said today (16 January) it plans to use EU funds to build a fence on the border with Russia’s highly militarised Kaliningrad exclave to boost security and prevent smuggling. Baltic states have repeatedly voiced their concern at the Russian...
Global Europe 21-11-2016

New Russian missiles in Kaliningrad ‘are answer to US shield’

Moscow will deploy S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander systems in the exclave of Kaliningrad in retaliation for NATO deployments, a senior pro-Kremlin lawmaker was quoted as saying today (20 November).