Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin responded with irony on the statement of the authorities of Lithuania to disavow previously expressed by the Deputy of the diet claims to Russia over the ownership of the Kaliningrad region.
“Thank God, we’re scared”, — Rogozin wrote in his Facebook, commenting on the news.
Sunday, January 29, the member of the Seimas of Lithuania, the former press Secretary of the President, the Vice-Balsis proposed to take Russia’s Kaliningrad oblast. According to him, the region was not given to all.
In response, first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Vladimir Jabbarov proposed to Lithuania to return to Russia the district of Vilnius (formerly Vilna), which was included in the Lithuanian SSR after the Second world war.
The next day the press Secretary of the foreign Minister of Lithuania Rasa Akilian stated that Vilnius has no claim to the Kaliningrad oblast. “Lithuania has no territorial claims to any of their neighbors, and it raises questions about the status of the Kaliningrad region. The region is an integral part of the Russian Federation”, — she said.
Kaliningrad until 1946 was called Koenigsberg. From 1773 to 1945 this city was the center of the province of East Prussia. After the Potsdam conference (1945) it was divided between USSR and Poland. The Soviet Union got a third of East Prussia with Konigsberg. The territory became part of the Russian Federation as the Kaliningrad region.