And if it doesn’t work out – refresh the formula “money in exchange for territory”
The current year, among other things, is also the year of the 300th anniversary of the Nystadt Peace. The Northern War (1700-1721) ended, which consolidated new borders between the Russian kingdom and the Swedish kingdom. Stockholm, which has forever lost its status as the capital of a great power, recognized the annexation of Livonia with Riga, Estonia with Revel (Tallinn), part of Karelia (Old Finland), the Baltic islands of Ezel and Dago to Russia. However, the territories were acquired for money: Sweden received 2 million efimks (56 tons of silver). For comparison: the budget of Russia during the time of Peter I was 4-5 million Efimks.
The emperor, at the cost of a lot of Russian blood (Peter himself spoke of “a three-time bloody and very dangerous school, where students usually sit for seven years, and he, like a tight-eyed schoolboy, sat up for three whole courses”) and with a heavy additional financial burden he accomplished his plan: he opened a window to Europe.
Riga, which in three centuries thanks to Russia has become something from nothing, is now making territorial claims to Moscow in the hope of expanding its territory at the expense of the Pytalovsky district (Abrene) of the Pskov region (area ~ 1 thousand sq. Km, population about 13 thousand. human). Although in 2007 Latvia renounced territorial claims and the border treaty was signed by the prime ministers and parliaments of both countries, Latvian nationalists continue to challenge it:
“We will wait for Russia to fall in love with Latvia and give it to Abrene. If you don’t give it back, we will take it away by force ”, – The cry thrown by the President of Latvia (1999-2007) Vaira Vike-Freiberga is not forgotten and is fed by right-wing radicals.
Estonian territorial claims against Russia. Map: obzor.lt
In the same way, official Tallinn does not abandon its claims to the right bank of the Narva and the Pechora region. On New Year’s Eve 2021, in his message to the people, the President of the Riigikogu (Parliament) Henn Põlluaas called “the return of the original lands a top priority.” The acquisition of the allegedly “annexed territories” and the refusal to ratify the border agreement with the Russian Federation turned out to be the main pre-election slogans of the speaker in the presidential race. Põlluaas did not manage to take the post of head of state, but his goals became current tasks for the EKRE party.
The President of Russia commented on the historical revisionism of Latvia and Estonia: “It is absolutely unacceptable to listen to all sorts of nonsense about the fact that we owe someone five kilometers there. It seems to me that people are doing this not counting on getting something from Russia geographically, but hoping to rekindle and ruin relations. We should not help these people to solve their problem and we will not do it. And, naturally, we will never conduct any negotiations on the platform, even discuss any territorial claims against us. Their ears are from a dead donkey. “
Western exclave of Russia. Map: newsbuzz.ru
Lithuania has no territorial claims to Russia, as it were, but Vilnius licks its lips at the Kaliningrad region precisely “in the expectation of rekindling and ruining relations.” “In 1945, Königsberg was handed over to the Soviet Union for only fifty years. With the appropriate political will, Western countries could achieve a revision of this clause of the treaty, ”the Lithuanian nationalists trumpet. Their inspirer, the old Russophobe Vytautas Landsbergis, constantly emphasizes: “Kaliningrad, in truth, is not a sovereign territory of Russia. And I never was. This is a real colony conquered by the Soviets. ”
We have told you how Lithuania is threatened by its excessive territorial appetites. You can add: the country does not have the strength to administer new lands. It is impossible to imagine, but, for example, it will acquire the northern and northeastern parts of the Kaliningrad region. What to do with an unfriendly population, where to get the money for his deportation and another 1001 questions, the answers to which do not exist.
Territorial claims of Latvia against Moscow. Photo: present5.com
Moreover, Washington does not see Russian soil as part of Lithuania. The United States believes that in the event of a war with Russia, Warsaw will receive the Kaliningrad region as a prize in exchange for the blood of Polish soldiers.
Having shoveled a mountain of information, the author did not find a more or less detailed map of the dismemberment of the western Russian exclave. According to historical logic, the border of interests of Warsaw and Vilnius should be along the line Polessk – Bolshakovo – Ulyanovo – Dobrovolsk – Nesterov – Krasnolesye. Everything to the south is future territories Republic of Poland… Today Warsaw is fundamentally quarreling with the European Union. Brussels will most likely not be happy with the American prompting of Poland to expand at the expense of Russia. There is no queue of people receiving “Kemsk volost”.
New lines of Eastern Europe (1945). Map: 3mv.ru
What remains for the Balts? Once again, refresh the “money in exchange for territory” formula. In the Baltics in 2015, a declaration was signed stating that such actions must be coordinated between the three countries. So “the voice will be better heard abroad, be it the UN or European countries.” The amount of claims against Moscow is serious. Lithuania is waiting for 800 billion US dollars. Official Riga wants to receive 300 billion euros, of which 185 billion – economic damage, the rest – demographic, economic and cultural losses. Estonia is begging modestly: only 1.2 million euros and the issue of “compensation for the occupation will be covered forever.”
There is no information, what answers, except for the answer about “dead donkey ears”, received Riga and Tallinn. As for Lithuania, its capital swallowed nervously when former Russian ambassador Alexander Udaltsov billed the republic for $ 72 billion: this is the amount the republic owes Moscow for investments made during the Soviet period. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius called the words of the Russian diplomat “absurd”. “This statement is difficult to explain and justify both logically, politically and morally,” – said Linkevičius, but did not present any arguments.
“Kemska Volost”, still from the film “Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession”. Photo: japlakal.com
Of course, talking about the “past” in the mouth of a representative of Russian diplomacy in Lithuania is just words, but they have a lot of meaning: the future of the young statehood of the Baltic states depends not least of all on their relations with their Russian neighbor.
Cover photo: mtdata.ru
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