'German autonomy' project neutralized in Kaliningrad Region
Russia Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev reveals that Russia halted Western funded plans in Kaliningrad region.
The Russia Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated that the Russian authorities have succeeded to halt the activities of non-profit organizations in the country's northwest that received Western money, including plans to establish so-called "German autonomy" in the Kaliningrad region.
According to the official, the damaging activity of international non-governmental organizations and Russian non-profit organizations managed by them, which got funds from the US, the UK, Sweden, and Belgium, has ceased.
"In the Kaliningrad region, attempts to promote the project of creating the so-called German autonomy by German-controlled non-profit organizations have been neutralized," Patrushev said during a security meeting in Kaliningrad.
He added that Polish special services collected information in the Kaliningrad region to inspire discontent among locals.
Yesterday, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, indicated that the ban on the railroad transit of a number of sanctioned goods through the Lithuanian territory from Russia to its exclave region of Kaliningrad was introduced after consultations with the European Commission and under its guidelines.
"It is not Lithuania doing anything, it is European sanctions that started working from June 17. The industry that is imposing the sanctions at this point is the railroads," Landsbergis said upon his arrival at the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
State-owned Lithuanian Railways stopped transit of goods between Russia and its Baltic Sea territory starting at midnight this past Friday, citing restrictions directed by the EU.
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