Ambassador to Ukraine says Malaysian crash is part of “Russian war on Ukraine”
Friday, July 18, 2014
The disaster of Malaysia Airlines jetliner is the consequence of Russia’s undeclared war on Ukraine, and “the plane that has been shot down is full responsibility of Russia,” says Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Petras Vaitiekūnas.
There has been no need to revise flight routes for planes departing Lithuania to account for the closed air-space in Eastern Ukraine, says acting director of the Lithuanian Civil Aviation Administration Joris Gintilas.
Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says that the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane over rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine will be a breaking point in how Western states treat the bloody conflict that has been raging in the country for months.
An incident in which a smoke grenade was thrown at the Lithuanian embassy in Kiev could have been a provocation instigated by Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in Vilnius on Monday.
The Belarusian airspace was last week violated by a light airplane P46T piloted by a Danish citizen that had taken off from the Vilnius airport, chiefs of the Lithuanian state company Oro Navigacija (Air Navigation) and the Civil Aviation Administration.