First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Vladimir Jabbarov has commented on the proposal of the Deputy of the Lithuanian Seimas Linas Balsys to take Russia’s Kaliningrad oblast. On Sunday, January 29, reports RIA Novosti.
“Weak to return to Russia Vilnius region?…Let him return first, which he received from the Soviet government”, — said the Senator.
He recalled that the area of Vilna (Vilnius) never belonged to Lithuania. Until 1917 it was part of the Russian Empire, from 1920 to 1939 — Poland. These lands were included in the Lithuanian SSR after World war II.
The Deputy of the state Duma from “United Russia” Yevgeny Fyodorov, in turn, said that” page territorial issues in Kaliningrad closed”. “Kaliningrad is part of Russia in the Second world war”, — he stressed. The MP also added that Russia could return to the discussion of “illegal withdrawal” of Lithuania in 1991 from the Soviet Union, that was not such a “dispute”.
Earlier on Sunday, the former press Secretary of the President of Lithuania Linas, Balsis during the meeting in Vilnius discussion “the World in 2017,” expressed doubts about Russia’s belonging in Kaliningrad region, because, according to the MP, Kaliningrad was not given to Russia forever. “It was said: give under the administration of the USSR until, while in Europe will not sign the final peace Treaty,” he said.
Now the return should be engaged in Lithuania or the EU, or it should be done by their joint efforts, said the Deputy.
In September 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that the revision of the Second world war will lead to opening of Pandora’s box. “If someone wants to begin to revise the results of world war II, let’s try to discuss this topic. But then you have to debate on Kaliningrad, and in the whole of Eastern lands of Germany in Lviv, which was part of Poland, and so on. There is Hungary, and Romania have”, — said the head of state.
Kaliningrad until 1946 was called Koenigsberg, and from 1773 to 1945 was the center of the province of East Prussia. After the Potsdam conference (1945) East Prussia was divided between Poland and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union got a third of East Prussia with Konigsberg. The territory became part of the Russian Federation as the Kaliningrad region.