Lithuanian leaders: Shevardnadze was a controversial figure
Monday, July 7, 2014
Former Georgian president and one of the last foreign ministers of the USSR Eduard Shevardnadze died in Tbilisi on Monday, aged 86. Lithuanian leaders say he was a controversial figure, whose legacy will include both great achievements and misdeeds.
Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson was the foreign minister of Iceland in 1988-95. Under his leadership, Iceland was the first country to recognize the restored independence of Lithuania. Already since March, 1990, Hannibalsson was one of the main supporters of Lithuanian freedom on the international scene. In January, 1991, despite the displayed discontent of the USSR, he became the only minister of a NATO country to come to Vilnius and to express solidarity with Lithuania during the Soviet aggression.
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.