Some Czechs are trolling Russia with a bogus move to annex the country’s isolated Kaliningrad region – one elected official even conducted a “referendum” on Twitter on the issue.
The cynical annexation of the Baltic Sea region came as a response to the controversial Russian leader, Vladimir Putin Annexation of four regions of war-torn Ukraine last week.
A petition to wrest Kaliningrad from Russia’s hands is now being circulated, with one Russian news site reportedly taking the proposal seriously.
Proponents of the move joked that the Czech Republic was a landlocked country and absorbing the area would give the Czechs access to the sea for the first time.
“It is time to divide Kaliningrad so that our Czech brothers can finally get to the sea,” said a viral post retweeted by MEP Tomas Zdechowski.
The publication included a map showing Kaliningrad divided into two parts With the top half marked with a Czech flag and the bottom half marked with a Polish flag.
“We are going to hold a referendum to make Kaliningrad Czech-Polish,” he continued, using an emoji of a laughing face. “We will take the guide in the Crimea.”
He then posted a poll on Twitter and quickly announced while the poll remained open that “the results are clear.” And he followed the petition and did They got nearly 15,000 signatures As of Wednesday. And the “Official ‘Twitter account of renamed Královec He already had 51,000 followers.
“After a successful referendum, 97.9% of Kaliningrad residents decided to merge with the Czech Republic and rename Kaliningrad to Kralovich,” the account wrote on Twitter.
Kaliningrad has been under Russian control since Soviet times, but it is not directly linked to the rest of the country. It shares borders with Lithuania and Poland.
At least one Russian news site has reported that the annexation proposal is dangerous, According to news site iDNES.
Zdechovsky was not surprised that some missed the joke.
“I think the Russians take themselves very seriously, both in terms of politics and international relations,” he told outlets. “We need to put a mirror in front of them more and more and show that we are not afraid of them and their threats and that we are ready to support Ukraine in its struggle for the return of all lands.”
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