Lithuanian foreign minister on Ukraine truce: We must avoid frozen conflict
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius is cautious about a truce between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists, announced on Saturday. The minister welcomed attempts to stop violence but warned that demilitarized buffer zones might lead to a frozen conflict.
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.
Lithuania will verify whether the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Europe will have no adverse environmental impact on its territorial waters and economic zone in the Baltic Sea as stated in the project's environmental impact assessment, a Lithuanian official said, adding that Lithuania has doubts about the economic feasibility of the project.