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Archive for September 2, 2019

Newsline: Russia’s Ambassador to Egypt Dies, Aged 68

Russia’s Foreign Ministry says that its ambassador to Egypt has died. He was 68. The ministry said Sergei Kirpichenko died suddenly Monday morning in a hospital in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. It did not name the cause of death. (https://www.voanews.com/europe/russias-ambassador-egypt-dies-aged-68) A career diplomat, Kirpichenko was Russia’s ambassador in Egypt since 2011 and also served as Russia’s envoy to the Arab League, which is based in Cairo. He was previously posted in the United Arab Emirates, Libya and Syria.

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Newsline: Lithuania raps Chinese diplomats for role at pro-Hong Kong protest

Lithuania said on Monday it had lodged a protest to the Chinese embassy after some of its diplomats were involved in disruptions at a pro-Hong Kong protest in the capital Vilnius last month. Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Chinese diplomats acted “in violation of public order” at the Aug. 23 event, which was organized to show solidarity with anti-Beijing protesters in Hong Kong. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lithuania-china/lithuania-raps-chinese-diplomats-for-role-at-pro-hong-kong-protest-idUSKCN1VN1GV) A police spokesman told Reuters that two Chinese citizens were detained and fined 15 euros ($17) each after people waving Chinese flags agitated at the protest. “We have information that some (Chinese) diplomats were more active than they should, and that is not acceptable,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told reporters, without giving further details or naming them.