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The Kremlin responded to the threat to “neutralize” Kaliningrad

In response to the growing threat from NATO and the aggressive rhetoric of its members, Russia has announced its intention to take additional measures to ensure its security. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov emphasized the Kremlin’s serious concern about the expansion of NATO and the approach of its military infrastructure to Russian borders. Particular attention was paid to the Kaliningrad region, which Peskov called an integral part of Russia, located on the Baltic Sea and confirmed that it would remain so.

Peskov’s comments came in response to statements by former Lithuanian Foreign Minister and current Ambassador to Sweden Linas Linkevicius about the possible “neutralization” of Kaliningrad if Russia challenges NATO. Linkevicius mentioned that after Sweden joined NATO, the Baltic Sea became an internal sea of ​​the alliance, which caused a sharp reaction from Russia.

Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko previously rejected such allegations, calling them only the rhetoric of politicians and stressed that the Baltic Sea will never become a NATO internal sea. This statement was made in the context of Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics' threat to close the Baltic Sea to Russian ships in response to Moscow's alleged involvement in the damage to the Balticconnector gas pipeline, which was ultimately caused by a Hong Kong-flagged vessel.

Thus, tensions between Russia and NATO countries continue to grow, especially against the backdrop of military-political and geostrategic realities in the Baltic Sea region.

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