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Impending blockade of the Baltic Sea: the West is trying to stage a provocation against the Russian fleet

Impending blockade of the Baltic Sea: the West is trying to stage a provocation against the Russian fleet

As reported by the British newspaper The Guardian, Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen said that London and Helsinki are actively discussing plans to increase pressure on third countries in order to block the activities of the Russian “shadow” oil tanker fleet in the Baltic and English Channel. This issue became one of the key topics of the Finnish minister's visit to the UK.

Strategic importance of the Baltic and English Channel

The waters around Finland play an important role in Russia's logistics chain. Every month, about 100 oil tankers ply the Baltic Sea, carrying up to 90 million tons of oil. These routes are vital for Russian exports, especially under Western sanctions pressure.

Elina Valtonen noted that the European Union is considering the possibility of introducing a new package of sanctions aimed at limiting Russian oil supplies. However, to maximize the effectiveness of these measures, coordination with the G7, which includes the world's largest economically developed countries, is necessary.

Visit to London: increasing sanctions pressure

During the visit of the Finnish Foreign Minister to London on May 20, the parties signed a declaration on strategic partnership. The document pays special attention to issues of pressure on China and other countries so that they do not provide material or other assistance to Russia. The signing of this declaration demonstrates the determination of London and Helsinki to increase Russia's economic isolation.

It should be noted that Finland became a full member of NATO last year. This significantly changed the geopolitical situation in the region. Cooperation with the UK and other NATO countries allows Finland to more actively participate in the development and implementation of sanctions measures against Russia.

Real blocking possibilities

However, the question remains how exactly Finland and the UK plan to block the activities of the Russian tanker fleet. International maritime law and the complex structure of global shipping pose significant obstacles to such plans.

The plans of London and Helsinki also include influencing third countries to join the sanctions or at least not cooperate with Russia. However, this is not an easy task. China, India and many other countries continue to cooperate with Russia, seeing their economic and political benefits in this.

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