Poland opens new canal on 83rd anniversary of Soviet invasion

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Poland opens new canal on 83rd anniversary of Soviet invasion

Poland opened a new canal which cuts across the Vistula Spit on Saturday, the 83rd anniversary of the Soviet invasion of the country during WWII, in a show of newly-acquired navigation independence from Russia.

The new waterway will take ships sailing across the Vistula Lagoon from the port of Elblag to the Baltic Sea. They had to sail round the spit through the Strait of Baltiysk in waters belonging to Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

The Polish president Andrzej Duda opened the canal on Saturday afternoon.

The president said that the investment was opened. The victory of Poland is a great victory, a great victory of patriots and a great victory for those who understand sovereignty and the significance of sovereignty. Praising the new canal, Duda said that the waterway will allow for free navigation between the Baltic Sea, the Gdansk Bay and the Vistula Lagoon, and the towns of PAP Elblag and Tolkmicko. Today, on the 83 rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's attack on Poland, we are breaking the last ties of our factual. He added that he believed that the Soviet Union, and then the Russian Federation, are dependent on each other.

Russia opposes the canal because it believes it will allow Nato warships to enter the Vistula Lagoon without passing close to Russian military facilities in Baltiysk, and therefore it poses a direct threat to the security of Kaliningrad and the Russian Federation as a whole.

On September 17, 1939, sixteen days after Nazi Germany World War Two began by attacking Poland, Soviet troops invaded the country after a secret agreement with the German Third Reich, which called for dividing Poland's territory between the two totalitarian states.