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Putin sparks fears of war with Nato with visit to Kaliningrad

Putin sparks fears of war with Nato with visit to Kaliningrad

Vladimir Putin leaves a commemorative note at Kant Baltic Federal University where he also gave a talk to students – SPUTNIK/REUTERS Vladimir Putin has raised fears of war with Nato by threatening the EU nations bordering Kaliningrad on a surprise visit to the Russian exclave. The Russian president flew into the territory, which is sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland, amid growing concern it could become the flashpoint for a future conflict. Putin appeared to taunt the Baltic nations, flying close to Estonia and hugging the coasts of Latvia and Lithuania in his “Flying Kremlin” presidential plane, before landing in Kaliningrad. Fighter jets were deployed off the eastern coast of the Swedish island of Gotland as Putin approached the Baltic Sea. Talking to students at the Kant Baltic Federal University, Putin hit out at Kaliningrad’s neighbours for tearing down Soviet war memorials. “This is stunning ignorance and lack of understanding of where they live, what they are doing and what will follow,” he said. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, said the visit was not intended to …