Germany–Soviet Union relations http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/34743/all en Italy compensates Lithuania for Soviet embassy grab http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/italy-compensates-lithuania-soviet-embassy-grab <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Italy agreed Thursday to hand over a property in central Rome to Lithuania as compensation for an embassy building seized by the Soviet Union on the eve of World War II.</p> <p>Lithuania will take over 700 square metres (7,500 square feet) in Palazzo Blumenstihl free-of-charge on a 99-year lease, under the deal signed by Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi and his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevicius.</p> <p>"De facto it becomes our property," Linkevicius said of the premises worth an estimated nine million euros ($11.8 million).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/italy-compensates-lithuania-soviet-embassy-grab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Germany–Soviet Union relations International relations Lithuania Nazi Germany War AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:31:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5762323 at http://www.globalpost.com Kaliningrad celebrates anniversary of Soviet takeover http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/kaliningrad-celebrates-anniversary-soviet-takeover <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Citizens of Russia's Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad on Tuesday celebrated the 68th anniversary of the Soviet takeover of the city at the end of World War II.</p><P>Local and federal dignitaries joined around 200 surviving veterans and more than 1,000 others at the city's War Memorial Complex for an official ceremony.</p><P>"I want my son, who was born in Kaliningrad, to know who gave him his home," Kaliningrad Governor Nikolai Tsukanov told the audience, while thanking the veterans for their sacrifice.</p><P>The city, known in German as Konigsberg, was the last major obstacle on the Red Arm</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/kaliningrad-celebrates-anniversary-soviet-takeover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Germany–Soviet Union relations Kaliningrad Prussia Asianet Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:02:04 +0000 Asianet 5809905 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian shot as debate on Kant turns violent http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130917/russian-shot-debate-kant-turns-violent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two Russians struck up a late-night discussion of the merits of German philosopher Immanuel Kant, only for the exchange to grow so heated that one pulled out a gun and shot the other in the head, police said Monday.</p> <p>The incident occurred after the two men got talking in a queue to buy beer at an outdoor stall late Sunday in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, the city's police service said on its website.</p> <p>The two strangers "started ar guing about the works and merits of Immanuel Kant", police said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130917/russian-shot-debate-kant-turns-violent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Germany–Soviet Union relations Kaliningrad Philosophy Technology AFP Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:53:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5935756 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia has stationed Iskander missiles in western region: reports http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131216/russia-has-stationed-iskander-missiles-western-region-reports <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Steve Gutterman</p> <p>MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has deployed Iskander missiles with a range of hundreds of kilometers in its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania, the pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia reported on Monday.</p> <p>The missiles have been in place "for some time," according to Izvestia's source, a high-level Defence Ministry official it did not name. Another unnamed military source said they were deployed about 18 months ago.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131216/russia-has-stationed-iskander-missiles-western-region-reports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Germany–Soviet Union relations Military Prussia War Thomson Reuters Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:31:08 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6021660 at http://www.globalpost.com Poland says worried over Russian missile deployment http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131216/poland-says-worried-over-russian-missile-deployment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland is worried about the possibility Russia has deployed Iskander missiles in the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, and will consult with its NATO partners on the issue, the foreign ministry in Warsaw said on Monday.</p> <p>"The plans to deploy new Iskander-M rockets in Kaliningrad are worrying," the ministry said in a statement, commenting on reports in Russian and German media that the missiles had been deployed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131216/poland-says-worried-over-russian-missile-deployment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Germany–Soviet Union relations International relations Military Thomson Reuters Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:31:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6021665 at http://www.globalpost.com Poland, Baltic states voice alarm at Russia missile plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131216/poland-baltic-states-voice-alarm-at-russia-missile-plans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Poland and three Baltic states voiced their alarm Monday over plans by Russia to move nuclear-capable missiles close to their borders.</p> <p>"Plans to deploy Iskander-M missiles in the Kaliningrad district are disturbing and Poland has said so many times," its foreign ministry said in a statement.</p> <p>mas/dh/ric</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> 9K720 Iskander Germany–Soviet Union relations Prussia AFP Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:46:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6021898 at http://www.globalpost.com US has voiced concern at Russia missile plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131216/us-has-voiced-concern-at-russia-missile-plans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States has voiced its concerns to Russia over plans to move nuclear-capable missiles close to the borders of neighboring states, a US official said Monday.</p> <p>"We've urged Russia to take no steps to destabilize the region," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, adding the US had also passed on to Moscow its neighbors' concerns at the plans to deploy Iskander-M missiles in the Kaliningrad area.</p> <p>Poland and three Baltic states on Monday also expressed alarm that the missiles would be close to their borders.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131216/us-has-voiced-concern-at-russia-missile-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Germany–Soviet Union relations International relations Military Politics AFP Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:46:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6021901 at http://www.globalpost.com US has voiced concern at Russia missile plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131216/us-has-voiced-concern-at-russia-missile-plans-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States has voiced its concerns to Russia over plans to move nuclear-capable missiles close to the borders of neighboring states, a US official said Monday.</p> <p>"We've urged Russia to take no steps to destabilize the region," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, adding the US had also passed on to Moscow its neighbors' concerns at the plans to deploy Iskander-M missiles in the Kaliningrad area.</p> <p>jkb/jm</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> 9K720 Iskander Germany–Soviet Union relations Politics Prussia AFP Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:46:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6021902 at http://www.globalpost.com Putin says missiles not yet deployed to Kaliningrad region http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131219/putin-says-missiles-not-yet-deployed-kaliningrad-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin sought to reassure the West about Russia's military movements on Thursday, saying Moscow had not yet decided whether to deploy Iskander missiles near NATO nations in the western exclave of Kaliningrad.</p> <p>NATO nations and officials of the Western alliance voiced alarm over recent reports that Russia had deployed Iskanders, which have a range of about 400 km (250 miles) and can carry nuclear warheads, in the region bordering Poland and Lithuania.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131219/putin-says-missiles-not-yet-deployed-kaliningrad-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Germany–Soviet Union relations International relations Military Thomson Reuters Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:39:31 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6024343 at http://www.globalpost.com Putin says nuclear-capable missiles not yet put in Kaliningrad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131219/putin-says-nuclear-capable-missiles-not-yet-put-kaliningrad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had not yet decided to place nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in the exclave region of Kaliningrad that borders the European Union.</p> <p>"Firstly, we have not made such a decision yet. Let them calm down," Putin told reporters. </p> <p>A Russian defence ministry spokesman had said earlier this week that Moscow had placed the Iskander missiles in the Western Military District, a region that includes Kaliningrad, in response to NATO's missile defence programme.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131219/putin-says-nuclear-capable-missiles-not-yet-put-kaliningrad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Germany–Soviet Union relations International relations Military AFP Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:52:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6024398 at http://www.globalpost.com Putin says nuclear-capable missiles not yet put in Kaliningrad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131219/putin-says-nuclear-capable-missiles-not-yet-put-kaliningrad-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had not yet decided to place nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in the exclave region of Kaliningrad that borders the European Union.</p> <p>"We have not made such a decision yet. Let them calm down," Putin told reporters. The Russian defence ministry had said earlier this week that Moscow had placed the Iskander missiles in the Western Military District, a region that includes Kaliningrad.</p> <p>as/sjw/yad</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Germany–Soviet Union relations Prussia Russian Orthodox Christians Vladimir Putin AFP Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:54:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6024405 at http://www.globalpost.com Remove Soviet tank memorial in Berlin, say German newspapers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140415/remove-soviet-tank-memorial-berlin-say-german-newspapers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should remove a pair of World War Two-era Soviet tanks standing on pedestals next to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate in protest at Russia's actions in Crimea and Ukraine, Germany's best-selling newspaper Bild said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Launching a petition to get rid of the two green T-34 tanks that have stood in front of the Soviet war memorial since it was built in 1945, Bild and Berlin tabloid B.Z. urged readers to send letters of protest to parliament against the war symbols.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140415/remove-soviet-tank-memorial-berlin-say-german-newspapers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Berlin Germany Germany–Soviet Union relations Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:04:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6121968 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia bans Kaliningrad military inspections http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140505/russia-bans-kaliningrad-military-inspections <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lithuania said Moscow shelved a bilateral agreement on military inspections on Monday amid increased concerns in Eastern Europe over a resurgent Russia.</p> <p>The ex-Soviet Baltic nation's defence ministry said Moscow "unilaterally suspended" the 2001 deal that allowed Lithuania to send inspectors to Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad on an annual basis.</p> <p>"Russia's action... can be identified as yet another move towards the destruction of mutual trust and the security system in Europe," the ministry said in a statement.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140505/russia-bans-kaliningrad-military-inspections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Germany–Soviet Union relations Prussia War AFP Mon, 05 May 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6139329 at http://www.globalpost.com Lithuania's 'Iron Lady' poised for victory amid Russia fears http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140511/lithuanias-iron-lady-poised-victory-amid-russia-fears-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Lithuanians began voting Sunday to elect their president, with incumbent "Iron Lady" Dalia Grybauskaite a shoo-in as fears in the EU Baltic state soar over a resurgent Russia.</p> <p>The karate black belt, nicknamed for her Thatcheresque resolve, is poised to win a second term as many here who remember Soviet times see her as a their best hope amid Europe's worst standoff with Moscow since the Cold War.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140511/lithuanias-iron-lady-poised-victory-amid-russia-fears-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalia Grybauskaite Europe Germany–Soviet Union relations Government Politics Technology War AFP Sun, 11 May 2014 08:33:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6143973 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia launches military drills amid NATO maneuvers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140610/russia-launches-military-drills-amid-nato-maneuvers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Russia had started military exercises involving its Baltic Fleet, air force and paratroopers in the Kaliningrad Region, an exclave on the Baltic Sea, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.</p> <p>"The drills are taking place just as the international drills Saber Strike-2014 and Baltops-2014 begin in Europe," the ministry said.</p> <p>"The number of Russian Defense Ministry's troops and equipment involved is comparable with the number of personnel, weapons and military hardware involved in the border exercises conducted by NATO countries," it said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140610/russia-launches-military-drills-amid-nato-maneuvers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Germany–Soviet Union relations Military Prussia Xinhua News Agency Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:18:42 +0000 Xinhua News Agency 6171667 at http://www.globalpost.com