BALTIYSK, RUSSIA: I am standing on a headland overlooking the Baltic Sea. In front of me, the Vistula Spit, a long, low sandbar planted with spindly trees, stretches south-west into Poland. Container vessels carry car parts and consumer goods into the ship canal that leads to Kaliningrad, 40km to the east.
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