Lithuania possesses means to complicate Russia’s nuclear ambitions in Kaliningrad

January 31, 2008 at 3:26 pm 9 comments

KaliningradAs the BNS reported should Russia decide to deploy a nuclear weapon in its Kaliningrad enclave, Lithuania would have to block the eastern neighbour’s military transit through its territory, a Lithuanian political scientist has said.

The interview was conducted with the director of Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Raimundas Lopata.

The political scientist told the BNS that with regards to the reasoning afloat from Russia about potential deployment of a nuclear weapon in its Kaliningrad enclave – neighbouring Lithuania and Poland – that “such proposals coming from the experts of cold war are beyond all sensible limits”.

The BNS reminded that the chief of Russian Armed Forces’ Main Directorate for Combat Training and Service, Vladimir Shamanov mentioned on 30 January that the Defence Ministry, in view of US plans to create an anti-missile defence system (ADS) in Europe, plans to adjust the deployment of military blocs in Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave’s special district.

Furthermore, Leonid Ivasov, President of the Academy of Geopolitical Issues, appended this statement with a comment to Russia’s news agency Interfax, saying that should the US go through with its plans, Russia would deploy Iskander operational-tactical missile complexes (OTMC) and a tactical nuclear weapon in Kaliningrad to suit.

“If this was a fact, the Lithuanian state would have to respond accordingly, prepare for hazards and at least cut off military provisions to Kaliningrad, which currently have to pass through Lithuanian territory”, said Lopata in an interview to BNS, adding that it is still unknown whether the nuclear weapon that was previously deployed in Kaliningrad has in fact been lifted from there.

In the opinion of the political scientist, Russia’s decision to deploy a nuclear weapon in the enclave bordering with Lithuania and Poland would be a completely inadequate reaction on Russia’s part to US plans to deploy an anti-missile radar and a missile silo in Poland. Lopata notes that it is no secret that the US system is not pointed against Russia.

The political scientist remarked that Russia’s nuclear ambitions would not only be a challenge to Lithuania, but the entire region and strategic partners as well.

Lithuania states that the US quest to deploy elements of an anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic corresponds to its security interests.


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Poland, Politics, Russia.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. EWM  |  February 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Better still block all transit as well as trade

  • 2. Pawel  |  February 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    You know, Russia won’t spare any means to ruin Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian or Polish plans. So I guess we’ll see what happens but god to know Lithuania has an extra joker.

  • 3. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  February 5, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    BTW, this ‘joker’ is one of the main Lithuanian Foreign policy architects 😉

  • 4. Vince  |  February 11, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Something I do not understand in this whole story, or maybe I do.
    Of course, the U.S base(s) would also be able to intercept missiles coming from Russia as well as from Iran. This is obviously needed as Iran is getting the technological level and mean to produce atomic loads (thanks to the Russians), and to carry it via transcontinental missiles that it recently showed it has.

    However looking at Russian strong epidermic reaction, it seems that these U.S bases could do much more than just intercepting missiles.Technically, It could also be able to intercept any kind of informations. (i.e: any flying objects let’s say above eastern Europe and the western Russian territory).

  • 5. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  February 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Hi there,

    The main problem as I see that is that Russia perceives the Easter European states as the zone of its ‘sphere of influence’ where it plans to return, sooner of later. Stationing of any USA rockets and personal, maybe even US troops in the future on those territories would be an obstacle for those Kremlin’s plans.

  • 6. T  |  April 2, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    The main problem as I see is what we do not perceive.

    How about this view of the situation? :

    It seems to me we’re still a pawn in the big game, let’s just not boast about our independence and clown powers too much.

  • 7. Raf Uzar  |  May 25, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Check out my website for similar news on the future for Kaliningrad:

  • 8. jj  |  July 14, 2008 at 3:27 am

    Actually any country who manages to kiss so much american ass, such as Poland, Lithuania, or Latvia, deserves to have Russia bring her foot down on these countries. First off, as an american taxpayer, I do not want to pay one dime to defend any of these cocky little baltic republics. Americans for the most part dont give a damn about your countrys, and why the Bush administration would risk angering Russia when we dont even have the means to win in Iraq and Afghanistan is beyond me. It would be better just to let Russia have these little puny countries. As far as Lithuania being a NATO ally, it is not. It contributes NOTHING. it only CONSUMES and requires other countries to guaranty security, Aside from Lithuanias nazi Germany ties, Lithuania is a WANNA-BE western country, that cannot even manufacture mediocre western music. Its music is horrible pop-music garbage, It strives to be like the west, but it aint…and it will never be, and americans will never go to war over LITHUAINIA.. so dont even ask us..We are tired of throwing our money away at you. BUSH WILL BE GONE IN A FEW MONTHS ANYWAY

  • 9. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  July 14, 2008 at 9:54 am

    To jj
    Sorry for my cockiness, but I would like to ask you, why would you care about the USA support for the Baltic countries (by the way Poland is not a Baltic country) in such negative light? Maybe, possibly because your email address ends with .ru…


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