Mikhail Khodorkovsky's speech in Vilnius last week drew considerable controversy, with some saying his suggestions of easing economic sanctions on Russia played right into Vladimir Putin's interests, while others noting Khodorkovsky's sober and measured reasoning. The following is a full transcript of Khodorkovsky's address, translated from Russian by Katerina Sinkevičienė.
The West should revise the sanctions for Russia, as they have rallied the Russian support to the Kremlin, Russia's former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an ardent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said in Vilnius.
Russia's former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an ardent critic of President Vladimir Putin, may play a special role in the change of the Russian regime, therefore, Lithuania should not criticize his statements regardless of the split in positions, says Lithuania's opposition leader and former PM, Andrius Kubilius.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's visit in Vilnius has triggered a wave of emotional reactions that seem to have overwhelmed the critical thinking faculties and political sense of angry observers. Absolutely scandalous - Khodorkovsky dared not to say that he would immediately give back Crimea if he became Russia's leader!
If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.