VIDEO | Andonovic: Russia's plan to change the maritime borders in the Baltic Sea has already worried Europe

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Russia's plan to revise its maritime borders in the Baltic Sea has raised concerns among its European neighbors after the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday announced an initiative to "determine geographic coordinates" in the Baltic Sea because "former Soviet borders are imprecise."

According to the document, which has since disappeared from the ministry's website without explanation and noted that "the draft has been deleted", it is about changing borders near Russian islands in the Gulf of Finland and other islands opposite the coastal cities of Baltiysk and Zelenogradsk in the Russian Kaliningrad enclave bordering Poland and Lithuania, reports Hina referring to Reuters.

Soviet-era coordinates do not allow for a continuous border line, the Ministry of Defense clarifies in the document.

The ministry also noted that previous Soviet measurements of the border since 1985 used nautical charts from the mid-20th century and therefore did not fully correspond to more modern cartographic coordinates.

Lithuania immediately reacted that it was "another proof that Russia's aggressive and revisionist policy poses a threat to the security of neighboring countries and Europe as a whole."

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said it was a "deliberate, targeted and escalating provocation" aimed at intimidating neighboring countries. Lithuania, the Ministry added, will invite the Russian ambassador for a conversation and discuss the document with its partners.

Finnish President Alexander Stubb wrote on the X social network that "Russia has not contacted Finland on this issue."

"Finland is behaving as always: calm and fact-based," Stubb said.

The Swedish government warns of Moscow's territorial claims in the Baltic Sea, especially when it comes to the large Swedish island of Gotland.

"I am sure that Putin wants Gotland. His goal is to take control of the Baltic Sea," said the commander-in-chief of the Swedish army.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristerson told the TT news agency: "Russia cannot unilaterally decide on new borders."

Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsakhna said: "At first glance it seems like an absurd idea."

The German government said it had noted media reports about a Russian proposal to change the border in the Baltic Sea, but that it was not yet clear what that would mean.

"Of course, we are closely monitoring the situation," a government spokesman said, adding that according to international law, before changing any border, consensus is needed from all neighboring states that would be affected by the change.

As DPA reported, Russian news agencies reported that military sources deny that this initiative is an attempt to expand Russian territory.

Kremlin spokesman Dimitriy Peskov said the initiative had no political background.

The request to revise the Baltic borders comes as a result of the changed status of Finland and Sweden, which have recently become NATO member states.

The previous borders were set as a result of the neutrality of these two states, but with their entry into NATO, and above all the confrontation with the alliance on the brink of war, Moscow began to try to set a new line of demarcation in order to nullify the current strategic advantage, which the alliance gained in the Baltic with the accession of Sweden and Finland.

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