Post Hole Yesterday at 9:49 pm
If Russia would stop such projects Kaliningrad would soon look like Latvia.
Well, not exactly, and that was a problem for the kuklovods.
Remember that the enclave is Russian territory, and was operating with softened regime of border crossing for the neighboring countries for a very long time.
The very same way, long before Schengen participation, and even the EU accession, citizens of Czech or Poland could easily cross the German border without passport clearance. It was called "small cross-border" and applied to everyone living in 150 km strip along the border (half of Czech
). We did shopping in Berlin as a daily routine, I had friends in KDW staff at the end of the 90s
So what was the effect?
Well ... Thousands of Poles visited Kaliningrad for shopping. Mostly fuel, cigarettes and alco, but not only.
And vice versa, thousands of Russians visited Poland for the same purpose, only buying different stock - food and home appliance.
That created a dangerous
situation when both sides know perfectly well that there are normal people on the other side.
Like you and me, no differences.
You simply liked your Russian/Polish customer, as he was doing his/her daily shopping bringing you the money.
That started to make a breach into the official narrative of how the evil Russkie orcs are close to cannibalism, and the evil Putin dictator robbed them of everything.
It is not so easy to carry this kind of stupidity, when you just watch Russians driving the same cars, wearing the same clothes, and buying 8kg jamon serrano E50/kg, because he will have some friends at dacha at weekend. And need something to accompany shashliks.
So the agreement was terminated as a part of an overall strategy of hate toward Russia.