Lithuanian lawmaker wants Russian-ruled Kaliningrad returned to Europe
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Linas Balsys, a Lithuanian lawmaker suggests that the European Union should be seriously considering how it can take back the small region of Kaliningrad that is now part of Russia and "return" it to Europe.
|Balsys says that recent Russian actions show that borders established after the Second World War have lost their legal force. Balsys made his views known at a conference: "The World in 2017: The view from Vilnius". Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. He said that Russia had lost its legal right to the Kaliningrad Region after it annexed Crimea. He said now the status of the Kaliningrad Region (oblast) that was formerly known as East Prussia needed to be discussed at the international level.|
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