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    Lithuanian Lawmaker Proposes Taking Kaliningrad Away From Russia

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    Lithuanian lauwmaker Linas Balsys has suggested that the European Union should think seriously about how to take the Russian exclave region of Kaliningrad away from Moscow's jurisdiction and 'return' it to Europe, saying that recent Russian actions have shown that the borders formed after the Second World War have lost their legal force.

    Balsys made the proposal last week at a conference called 'The World in 2017: The View from Vilnius', Lithuanian news portal Baltnews.lt reported.

    The lawmaker suggested that Russia lost its legal right to the Kaliningrad Region after Moscow's 'annexation' of Crimea, and now the status of the territory formerly known as East Prussia needs to be discussed at the international level.

    "Time has run out for Kaliningrad," Balsys declared, speaking before conference delegates in the Lithuanian capital. "Kaliningrad was not given to Russia in perpetuity, either at the Potsdam Conference or at Helsinki. It was [only] said that the region would be put under Soviet administration until a final European peace agreement is signed," he suggested. Accordingly, Balsys added, European officials should discuss how to 'return' the former German territory to Europe.

    Balsys isn't the first Lithuanian politician to propose taking Kaliningrad away from Russia. Earlier, Laurynas Kasciunas, a lawmaker from the Homeland Union party, proposed something similar.

    Asked to comment on Balsys' remarks, Duma lawmaker Gennady Onishchenko told Russia's LifeNews news website that the Lithuanian MP should have his head examined.

    "I don't know what's going on in Lithuania, and why they have decided to speak on this subject, but there's probably a good reason for it: in springtime people suffer from a vitamin deficiency, which can account for these quirks," Onishchenko joked. "Don't worry about it – local psychiatrists will take care of it," he added. In all seriousness, the lawmaker suggested that Balsys may have been bored, and as a result is trying to find a way to draw attention to himself.

    For his part, Vladimir Olenchenko, a senior fellow at the Moscow-based Institute of World Economy and International Relations' Center for European Studies, noted that Balsys' remarks should be taken seriously, first and foremost by Lithuanians themselves. The analyst told the Ekonomika Segodnya news portal that the borders of post-war Europe were formally established by the Helsinki Accords, which were signed in 1975. These borders have generally held, with a few exceptions, to this day, even after the USSR, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia broke up into their constituent republics in the early 1990s. "If we look at the Act of Lithuanian Independence of 1991, it includes five or six lines where Lithuania confirms its commitment to the Helsinki Accords, declaring them as the basis for their independence."

    Therefore, Olenchenko warned that if Lithuanian politicians go around saying that the Helsinki agreements are dead, they could quickly run into territorial demands from their neighbors, including Poland, which controlled the region of Vilnius during the interwar period. Noting that he wasn't certain whether Balsys had personal ambitions in mind in making such remarks, or was representing some group interest, the analyst emphasized that "posing the question in this manner is extremely detrimental for Lithuania," since it "casts doubt on the country's territorial integrity."

    The city of Kaliningrad, formerly German Konigsberg, together with the surrounding territory of East Prussia, was signed over to Soviet jurisdiction by agreements that were made by the USSR and the Western Allies at the Potsdam Conference in July 1945. The final status of the region was agreed by the Allied Control Council in Germany through the agreement 'On the Liquidation of the Prussian State' on February 25, 1947. At that time, the territory was signed over to administration of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR), to which the Russian Federation became the legal successor in 1991.

    Crimea joined Russia in March 2014 after local authorities organized a referendum asking the peninsula's residents if they wanted to break off from Ukraine and rejoin Russia following the Maidan coup in Kiev. Amid voter turnout of over 80%, over 96% of Crimea's residents voted to rejoin Russia.

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      cast235
      Forgot, and THIS I been saying since NATO at Russia's doorstep. They looking for forced coup. They want Kaliningrad. They see Putin as a FOOL that will let it all happen as it had in the past.
      And talking arms reduction is the MOST biggest STUPIDITY Russia will ever do. I will begin by eliminating opposition run by west inside Russia.
      ANY political PARTY MUST swear and write and pledge that is PRO RUSSIA. Not PRO E.U or anyone else. Or be forbidden in Russia.
    • avatar
      marcanhalt
      ...uhh,...there's the little matter of the 99 year truce with Germany, couched in the Mogrenthau Treaty that says that Europe has not come to terms of peace with Germany yet...
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      dc801
      Lithuania and the EU are in no position to take anything from Russia. Us Americans are not going to come to their rescue.
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      Darrell R
      There is a double standard with this. They don't want to recognize Crimea as Russia even though the people voted overwhelmingly to return, yet Balsys seems to think it's justification for taking Russian territory. In reality, the winter must be getting to this man.
    • avatar
      ViTranin reply toFeEisi(Show commentHide comment)
      FeEisi, Really .. And why, do NATO country's wants N U K E S on their Soil ?
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      Medvezhonok
      So, "The European Union should think seriously about how to take the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad away from Moscow's jurisdiction" - really? It might be amusing to see them try and watch them heap ridicule upon themselves, before they go back to squabbling amongst themselves.
    • avatar
      michael
      and these comments come from people who are supposed to be leaders of a country? This is yet another example of the ethical and intellectual bankruptcy of these sub-humans.
    • avatar
      kemerd
      No, the man is not mad, I believe these are opening shots and he was chosen as the
      messenger. Kaliningrad is too close to western capitals and that bothers them a great deal.

      I have increasingly seen the issue of Kaliningrad brought forward by Western politicians and "journalists".

      So, these should be taken seriously
    • Drain the swamp
      The gays and dykes have taken over in Lithuania, supported by the synagogue of satan.
    • avatar
      marcanhaltin reply toDrain the swamp(Show commentHide comment)
      Drain the swamp, Lithuania has never been the number one choice for Europeans to raise a family. As a nation, they are ripe for judgment.
    • Mensa
      You want WW3? Youll get WW3.
    • Tony Rossiniin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235,
      Ukraine is a shit-hole filled with 2.5 million rabid nazi supporters....I'm glad it's no longer part of Russia. It's like a bad tumour!
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      Diet Her
      OMG, "and 'return' it to Europe". Europe?! Hello? IT'S GERMAN!

      And we could have it since 1999 but our rotten USrael directed polit whores didn't want neither a peace treaty nor the German east territories! More about this scandal in the probably most important book of the presence: gemeinde-neuhaus.de/buch.html
      More here: sapere-audete.blogspot.com/p/einstieg.html

      Btw, I think Schulz will become the new Führer! And he then this stupid idiot will proudly like the other idiots in the past fight another war for the powers-that-ought-not-to-be. Surely he will try to get back "Königsberg". There has to be a reason for war. If not that then another.
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      Diet Her
      OMG, "and 'return' it to Europe". Europe?! Hello? IT'S GERMAN!

      And we could have it since 1999 but our rotten USrael directed polit whores didn't want neither a peace treaty nor the German east territories! More about this scandal in the probably most important book of the presence: gemeinde-neuhaus.de/buch.html
      More here: sapere-audete.blogspot.com/p/einstieg.html

      Btw, I think Schulz will become the new Führer! And he then this stupid idiot will proudly like the other idiots in the past fight another war for the powers-that-ought-not-to-be. Surely he will try to get back "Königsberg". There has to be a reason for war. If not that then another.
      vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/althistory/images/d/d1/Deutsches_Reich_map.png/revision/latest?cb=20120
    • alkovin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, they don't, but their politicians and the military do. Control, money, power - that's all they want and they are using their own countries to get it. Look at Ukraine and kiss that 'breadbasket of Europe' goodbye, what with Monsanto moving in... Just another hidden cost of doing business, to be paid by the unwitting local population that just wanted to be Europe. Let's see, once the birth defects, autism and cancer rates skyrocket maybe then they will wake up? I hope it does not go that far...
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      ViTranin reply toalkov(Show commentHide comment)
      alkov, Ukraine was only the Breadbasket of Europe during the Collective Farming days of the USSR ... but those days (peak) are 35 years ago.
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      Now under IMF rules (return for loans) the land will be removed from the people and sold to large foreign company's ... where Monsanto products will be planted ... perfect for EU country's, that use GMO produce as Animal feed to enter the food chain !
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      As to nukes on their soil,,,, it affects people / politicians just the same ... They may hide in their bunkers for 1 year, or 25 years ... but when they leave ... they will find the world they left gone for remainder of their lives and many generations thereafter !
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      But then U$ americans think Nukes will only Go One Way ... and that NO country would DARE to reply !
    • alkovin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, that's what worries me... Russians tend to be a reticent folk, an old culture, but even they have their limits and these, leaders of ours, are just begging to be spanked...
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      ViTranin reply toalkov(Show commentHide comment)
      alkov, The problem lies with U$ Americans ... who in their relative short history have been at war bar 11 years (around that figure) ... currently, they are fighting with Pakistan, Somalia, Mali (Major region conflict ... it will dwarf the ME), Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, RF, Eastern Ukraine, China, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, Chad, Niger, just to mention a few country's
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      And with an economy centered around War, Death, Destruction of Others ... U$ Americans are a threat to this World / All nations of this world !
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      That is the region / people that need to change ,,,, if not well it is only a matter of time, when an "exercise and U$ American Nerd" goes too far ... and all H3ll will break loose !
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    • alkovin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, I have to disagree on certain things, U$A is only a visible military arm of the British Empire, those people with a 'special relationship'.

      The main characteristics of its population are abject stupidity and willful ignorance. These poor people cannot be counted upon seriously in any way, due to the horribly denatured and poisoned food supply. Even their idea of what constitutes food is grossly out of touch, and not only theirs...

      This literally causes mental problems - we are what we eat...
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      ViTranin reply toalkov(Show commentHide comment)
      alkov, And whilst I agree with you that Most U$ americans are ignorant / stu pid, they does not stop over 2,000,000 (some leave others join) serving in teh U$ american Armed Forces Every Year !
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      These ignorant U$ americans Volunteer ... draft ended in 1972 !
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      And Whilst you may say, they are ignorant, they do not know what these wars are about etc etc ... however these ignorant U$ Americans can however find Sex, Porn, Drugs etc on the Internet ... but Nothing re their future employer !
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      and of course Each of these 2,000,000 are supported by proud parents, partners etc .... and this has been going on for nearly 50 years !
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