Posts tagged as Kaliningrad

Lithuania keeps Kaliningrad transit open albeit tightened

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lithuania has tightened transit between Russia and its Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, but the scheme will remain in place throughout the coronavirus quarantine, Foreign Minister Linas Linekvičius said. “We are trying to preserve that transit in principle, but certainly it has been restricted: the number of trains has been limited and up to 100 passengers […] are allowed per train,” Linkevičius said at a news conference on Wednesday. “It takes…

EU budget cuts to Russian transit via Lithuania ‘jeopordise’ security

Friday, February 21, 2020

An EU-funded programme allowing Russian citizens to cross Lithuania on their way to the Kaliningrad exclave is facing budget cuts. This could jeopordise the bloc’s security, according to the Lithuanian foreign minister. The programme, agreed in the run-up to Lithuania’s accession to the EU, allow Russian citizens travelling by rail between mainland Russian and the Kaliningrad exclave to cross Lithuania under a simplified procedure. They are issued with transit documents…

Cold siege against Kaliningrad

By Lucas Leiroz on Monday, February 10, 2020

The announcement of the Defender-Europe 2020 gave the world, but especially Russia, a new and strange perspective on the future of international security. The drills seem to be the largest military exercises in Europe in 25 years. The countries elected to be the theater of the activities are those closest to the Russian border, causing great reactions in Russian media and their military forces. Basically, as well known, the program…

Russia and Lithuania strike deal on Kaliningrad

Friday, October 25, 2019

“A unique solution” on the technical details of the problem of transit – from the Kaliningrad region to mainland Russia and backwards across the territory of Lithuania – was achieved this week during negotiations between Vilnius and Moscow. According to Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian President’s special representative for Kaliningrad, the negotiations between the European Union and Lithuania are almost complete. Under a political deal agreed at the EU-Russia summit in…

Latvian company to import electricity to Lithuania from Kaliningrad

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Latvian company Spectrum Baltic plans to import electricity to Lithuania from the Russian region of Kaliningrad. Lithuania’s National Energy Regulatory Council confirmed it to LETA/BNS on Thursday it had issued the company the necessary permit. The council’s documents show the Latvian company submitted a preliminary non-binding electricity purchase-sale contract signed with Baltiyskaya AES, an enterprise established by Russia’s Rosenergoatom, which built the nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad. The construction was…

Baltic power synchronization is one of key projects for Europe

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The disconnection of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian power systems from the Moscow-controlled BRELL ring and their synchronization with the electricity network of continental Europe is a priority project, Dominique Ristori, director general of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy, says. Awarded for merits to Lithuania by President Dalia Grybauskaite on Saturday, Ristori told BNS Lithuania that very important steps had been made as part of the synchronization project…

Russia to issue free e-visas to Lithuanians, other foreigners visiting Kaliningrad region

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tatyana Novozhilova, head of the Consular Section at Russia’s embassy to Lithuania, confirmed to journalists on Wednesday that the new e-visa system for foreigners visiting Kaliningrad will be introduced on July 1, adding that citizens of 53 countries, including all EU member states, will be eligible.  “I think the facilitated procedure will allow people to travel for private purposes and to meet with their relatives who live in the territory of Russia more often,” the diplomat…

Kaliningrad successfully tests independent local electricity grid

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Russian enclave of Kaliningrad between Lithuania and Poland has successfully tested full electricity independence, ERR’s Estonian-language news reported on Saturday. That the enclave can manage on its own is a condition of desynchronizing the Baltic national grids from the BRELL grid dating back to Soviet times. The test ran for four days, during which the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad was supplied exclusively by its recently built gas fired power…

Russia Launches Plant to Reduce Kaliningrad’s Reliance on EU Grid

By Anastasia Lyrchikova on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Russia launched a new power plant on Wednesday to help make its Kaliningrad exclave in Europe self-reliant, as its European Union neighbors seek to unplug their power grids from Russia. Kaliningrad has no border with mainland Russia and has relied on its neighbor Lithuania, which in turn imports power from mainland Russia. But Lithuania, along with fellow European Union member states in the Baltic, Estonia and Latvia, plans to unplug…

NATO air policing mission intercepts five Russian planes

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

NATO fighter jets stationed in the Baltic states as part of NATO’s air policing mission were scrambled four times last week to identify and escort Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian defence ministry reported. On 13 February, a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet was intercepted flying from mainland Russia to the Russian region of Kaliningrad. The plane was flying with its onboard transponder off, did…