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Finlandisation 2.0: Plus ça change... | Oct. 1, 2007 |

The 2007 Session of the Nordic Council | Nov. 7, 2007 |

In recent years, co-operation with neighbouring states has been increasingly emphasised, with the council maintaining regional offices in all of the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) as well as in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

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The future of Kaliningrad: a pilot region or exclave?

Trade and transit. Given its small size and enclave location, Kaliningrad is dependent on imports, the value of which is three times that of its exports, with heavy reliance on trade and economic interaction with mainland Russia. Every year more than 6 million tons of goods transit, mainly by rail, through Lithuania to and from Russia. 55% of this traffic is oil, coke and coal. Kaliningrad also imports many goods from its immediate neighbors, Poland and Lithuania. Although Kaliningrad has relatively more trade links with its non-Russian neighbors than other Russian border regions, it is still relatively poorly integrated into the regional economy.

Energy supplies. The Kaliningrad Region is almost totally dependent on imported energy from the Russian mainland and produces only 20% of its own needs. The delivery of fuel oil and coal is costly and complicated, because of the need to negotiate the transit regime with neighboring countries. Gas is supplied from mainland Russia through a pipeline which goes via Belarus and Lithuania.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 10:06:36 AM EST
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Tom Cotton Threading On Hot Coals of War | Aug. 12, 2017 |

    Russia has invested considerable energy into developing A2AD capabilities and carefully positioning them to maximize their strategic effect. Russia's A2AD deployments span as far north as the Arctic down to Syria, with particular concentrations in Kaliningrad and around Crimea - a sort of "thicket of overlapping and redundant A2/AD systems."  

    In the event of a crisis, such deployments would complicate NATO's ability to access key areas such as the Baltics or Poland. These relative weaknesses within NATO could increase the attractiveness to Russia of a fait-accompli.

Remember Barack Obama bull$hitting the global community ... placing anti-missile systems in "New Europe" because of the ICBM threat from ... Iran!

Why Russia's Kaliningrad Naval Base Poses a Deadly Dilemma for NATO

Assessing Russian Reactions to U.S. and NATO Posture Enhancements | RAND Corp. |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 10:09:12 AM EST
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Supporting witness to witch hunt ...

America as a model of democracy and our moral values.

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