Lithuanian foreign minister: Germany's wish not to harm Russia is understandable
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says he understands why German Chancellor Angela Merkel wishes to find a solution to the Ukrainian crisis that would not harm Russia. He adds, however, that it is just as important not to harm Ukraine either.
At Lithuanian parliamentarians' initiative, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has condemned persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons by Chechen authorities and called for an investigation into the matter.
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.