Lithuania's Foreign Ministry stated Wednesday that it objected to the Russian report at the United Nations (UN) Security Council, as it berated Ukraine for the MH17 crash but did not mention the actions of Moscow-supported separatists.
If paraphrasing Dutch folk hero Till Ulenspiegel, the ash of the flight MH17 is "knocking on our hearts". However, it is knocking hardest at the consciences of those who promoted "moderate penalties" on Moscow and "peace negotiations with participation of all parties".
In the coming days, the European Union is to approve economic sanctions for Russia, which would restrict access to capital markets, envisage arms embargo and transfer of double-function commodities and sensitive technologies, Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister Andrius Krivas stated on Tuesday.
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has dismissed reports made by an Italian daily, which were commented on by Russia's administration, about alleged fighters from the Baltic states, Finland, Sweden and France in Eastern Ukraine. Minister Linkevičius says such allegations are "nonsense".
The director general of the Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) maintains that the LRT toes the line of President Dalia Grybauskaitė’s expectations, assisting Lithuania in the information war.
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.