The European Union has acknowledged the legal right of citizens of the Kaliningrad Region to visa-free travel by train to Russia. Nikolai Tulaev, a member of the Federation Council, revealed this to journalists today in St. Petersburg.
However, despite the outwardly positive decision, European officials put forward a host of conditions that make such a resolution of the problem impossible. In particular, the EU believes that the trains should be high-speed and equipped in such a way that passengers would be unable to get off until arrival at their destination. But, said Tulaev, for a variety of reasons such a solution could be put into practice only after 2004. He believes that it is essential to maintain current transit practices.
All fears about what the West was trying to make of Ukraine are confirmed, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.