Lithuanians near Kaliningrad rely on NATO protection from Russia.
Date 22 June 2022 time 6:10 PM.
“Nothing bad will happen. Because Lithuania is in NATO and the European Union.”
Reuters has reported threats from Russia over Lithuania’s blockade of cargo routes to the Russian city of Kaliningrad. This caused concern for Lithuanians near Kaliningrad. The villagers hoped that NATO would come in to protect them in the event of a military incident.
Lithuania closes steel and other metal transport routes Lithuania has said it needs to comply with EU sanctions that came into effect on Saturday. The move angered Russian officials. As a result, the Russian side threatened that Lithuania would receive “Seriously negative impact”
Vitalijus Sidiskis, a 59-year-old insurance worker, told Reuters that although speculations would be difficult for Russia to do, But he is not worried because Lithuania is a member of both NATO and the European Union.
“No bad thing will happen … because Lithuania is in NATO and the European Union,” Sidiskis told Reuters.
Other villagers It said Russia’s threats overshadowed other issues, such as rising inflation that has affected many Lithuanians.
Galina Mateikuniene, a 52-year-old seamstress, told Reuters: “We live near the border. And the shooting and maneuvering is a bit of a concern. We fear war more invasion The economy is the economy.”
Nearly one million Russians live in Kaliningrad connected to the rest of the country. of Russia by rail through Lithuania Many Russians used to cross the border to buy goods, such as at the small flower market of Laima Kudirkiene.
Kudirkiene says he will remain in Kibartai, although the future is uncertain. and unfortunately lost contact with Russian customers who used to patronize her shop.
“They celebrated their birthdays and got married. everything used to be normal Now I don’t know how they live. because contact has been cut off.”
Kaliningrad is a former port city of Königsberg, the capital of East Prussia. Recaptured by the Red Army from Nazi Germany in April 1945 and surrendering to the Soviet Union after World War II, Kaliningrad is located between two NATO member states, Poland and Lithuania.