Putin signs law on ratification of Russia air force grouping in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 9:49
Moscow clarifies its stance on new anti-Russian sanctions to BrusselsRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 9:35
Russia’s Defense Ministry launches Chinese and Arabic versions of 2017 Army Games websiteMilitary & Defense July 27, 8:55
Finland succeeds in building prosperous state for 100 years of independence — presidentWorld July 27, 8:27
Russian expedition recovers unique naval gun from Kerch StraitSociety & Culture July 27, 8:18
EU likely to declare US anti-Russian sanctions invalid, Russia’s EU envoy saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 3:41
Russian PM calls situation around Saakashvili's citizenship a weird tragicomedyRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 3:36
Russian Ice Hockey Federation to wage ruthless war on doping abuseSport July 26, 19:53
Two Siberian residents jailed for killing three zoo birds in failed barbeque attemptSociety & Culture July 26, 18:43
KALININGRAD, December 1. /TASS/. Migrants from African countries have been trying to reach territory of the European Union through Russia’s Baltic exclave Kaliningrad, the border department of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Tuesday.
Last month, 20 cases were registered, the authority's press service said. Migrants come from Egypt, India, Cameroon, Congo, Cuba, Morocco and Rwanda.
"They arrive in the region on tourist visas. They are assured that they can freely reach the EU from Kaliningrad," a security service spokesman said, adding that these visas allow no such possibility. The next step is to illegally cross the region’s border with Lithuania or Poland and to acquire refugee status in the EU.
Kaliningrad border guards catch the migrants upon their arrival in the Khrabrovo airport, however. "Violations are prevented directly at the state border," the spokesman added.
Over the past 11 months, the number of similar violations reached 89, compared with 73 cases last year. The maximum number was registered in 2013, when 135 foreigners arrived in Kaliningrad region seeking to flee to the EU.
This Russian region is surrounded by European Union states, bordering with Lithuania and Poland. The border length with these countries, including maritime areas, reaches around 650 kilometres.