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Lithiuania’s honorary consul in eastern Ukraine has been murdered by rebels, according to the country’s foreign minister. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said that Mykola Zelenec, the country’s honorary consul in eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, has been kidnapped and killed by the pro-Russian rebels there. Linkevicius, who was on a visit to Kyiv, posted the news on his Twitter account.
Lithuania’s foreign minister has asked India to stand true to its promise of starting an embassy in Vilnius. The assurance was given in 2005 by then Indian external affairs minister K Natwar Singh. Currently, the Indian mission for Lithuania is based out of Warsaw, Poland. A ‘lack of funds’ has prevented India from opening an embassy in Vilnius. In an exclusive interview to TOI, foreign minister Linas Linkevicius said Lithuania opened its embassy in New Delhi in 2008, amid the deepest financial crisis of modern times. “With bilateral and economic ties between India and Lithuania growing steadily, it is time for India to start an embassy in Vilnius,” Linkevicius said. “Around 3,000 Lithuanian citizens travel to India each year. For visas, they have to send their passports to Poland, which is inconvenient. An Indian mission in Vilnius will be highly welcome. ” Linkevicius also extended an invitation to his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, to visit Lithuania.
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned on Tuesday the “Catalonia supporting” ambassadors of Latvia and Lithuania. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo called Latvian ambassador to Spain Janis Echemanis and Lithuania’s ambassador to Spain Audra Plepyte on account of their supporting demands by Spain’s Catalonia region for independence. Margallo expressed Spain’s reactions against the issue, reminding of the Spanish constitution and the entrance rules to the European Union (EU). “No opinion to support Catalonia’s independence has been stated, the Spanish media has falsified the statements,” the governments of Latvia and Lithuania said in a written statement.
Newsline: Lithuanian ambassadors to Azerbaijan, Hungary fired after phone conversation posted on YouTube
Two high-ranking Lithuanian diplomats were fired Thursday after their telephone conversations criticizing the president and insulting the countries where they served were secretly recorded and uploaded to YouTube. The country’s ambassador to Azerbaijan, Arunas Zurauskas, and its ambassador to Hungary, Nerijus Juska, will be removed from duty by September 30, President Dalia Grybauskaite’s office said. Four telephone conversations between the two diplomats were posted on YouTube in July. In the recording, the ambassadors criticized and joked with each other about Grybauskaite, the prime minister and Azerbaijan and Hungary. Among other things, they made sarcastic comments about Grybauskaite’s choice to fly low-cost airlines on official trips. It is not clear who recorded the calls and uploaded them to the site. The accounts used to post the sound clips were created the same day and removed shortly after the scandal broke. Earlier this month, Grybauskaite acknowledged that the conversations were “very unprofessional” and immature.
Italy agreed to hand over a property in central Rome to Lithuania as compensation for an embassy building seized by the Soviet Union on the eve of World War II. Lithuania will take over 700 square metres (7,500 square feet) in Palazzo Blumenstihl free-of-charge on a 99-year lease, under the deal signed by Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi and his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevicius. “De facto it becomes our property,” Linkevicius said of the premises worth an estimated nine million euros ($11.8 million). The deal must still be approved by Italian lawmakers. In 1940, Lithuania was forced to leave its embassy building in Rome, known as Villa Lituania, soon after the Soviet Union occupied the Baltic state under Moscow’s secret Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says he does not call last week’s incident at the Lithuanian Embassy in Minsk a terrorist act. “Recently, the so-called Molotov cocktails were thrown into the territory of Lithuania’s Embassy in Minsk. Earlier the same happened at the Russian Embassy. It was not some kind of a terrorist act,” he said while visiting Belarus’ state university of economics. He also said that the persons who threw the bottles with flammable liquid into the Russian Embassy compound were found and are now detained. “Lithuania was squealing: ‘political prisoners,’ but when they received some bottles they called it a terrorist act,” the Belarusian president said. According to him, it is not only a case of double standards but also “rustic politics.” On Nov. 8, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the Ambassador of Belarus to Lithuania Vladimir Drazhin to protest the attack on the Lithuanian Embassy in Minsk. Two bottles with flammable liquid were thrown at the Embassy on Nov. 6. Drazhin said that Belarus regretted the incident. He noted that the investigation of malignant hooliganism received a lot of attention.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis said an attempt to set fire to his country’s embassy in the Belarusian capital of Minsk was “a terrorist act” against the Baltic nation. The police extinguished a blaze started when burning bottles of flammable liquid were thrown over the embassy fence in Minsk about 10:45 p.m. Azubalis urged Belarusian authorities to investigate the incident, in which no one was injured, and to ensure better security at the embassy.