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  • June 23, 2022
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Kaliningrad

In News: Moscow warned Lithuania of serious consequences over its restriction of rail traffic to Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave

  • Lithuania says it is simply adhering to EU-wide sanctions on Moscow

Kaliningrad

  • Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania.
  • It was captured by Soviet troops from Nazi Germany in April 1945 and then became part of Soviet territory as a result of the Potsdam Agreement.
  • It was renamed from the German Konigsberg in 1946

Importance of Kaliningrad

  • Kaliningrad is the only Russian port on the Baltic Sea that is ice-free year round and is an important launch point for the nation’s naval fleet.
  • Its strategic location prevents ships from having to circumnavigate Scandinavia by way of a northern passage, traveling through the Arctic Ocean.

Source: The Hindu

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