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Poland opens new Vistula Spit canal to bypass Russia interference

A view of the new shipping canal through the Vistula Spit in Skowronki village, northern Poland, on Saturday. The new waterway gives Poland direct access to the Baltic Sea from the Vistula Lagoon with the omission of the Russian-controlled Strait of Baltiysk. Photo by Adam Warzawa/EPA-EFE

A view of the brand new shipping canal through the Vistula Spit in Skowronki village, northern Poland, on Saturday. The brand new waterway gives Poland immediate access to the Baltic Sea from the Vistula Lagoon with the omission of the Russian-controlled Strait of Baltiysk. Photo by Adam Warzawa/EPA-EFE

Sept. 17 (UPI) — Poland opened a fresh canal Saturday linking the Vistula Lagoon to the Gdask Bay, allowing ships to go to the port of Elblg without needing Russian permission to utilize its Baltiysk Strait.

The united states is a strong ally to its neighbor, Ukraine, amid its war with Russia and timed the opening that occurs on the 83rd anniversary of the invasion of Poland by the Soviet Union in World War II.

“Circumstances that understands its potential, its history and its own importance cannot afford to become a dependent state. It cannot allow another person to choose about its important strategic matters,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said in a statement.

“This is the case throughout this extremely difficult period, from 1945, when it had been impossible to influence the Vistula Lagoon here minus the de facto consent of the Russian President, emphasized today.”

Construction of the $420 million canal, which is not completed, began in February 2019. Cargo ships will never be able to utilize the canal until it’s been deepened another 16 feet.

The Jamestown Foundation, a conservative think tank located in Washington D.C., said within an analysis at that time that Moscow commentators opposed the canal since it would give NATO ships usage of the Vistula Lagoon, that is also called the Kaliningrad Bay.

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