Sweden's Wallstrom assures Lithuania's Linkevičius on Belarus
Friday, July 7, 2017
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says he was assured by his Swedish colleague that the Swedish MP's initiative to block criticism for Belarus at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) did not reflect the entire country's position.
At Sweden's imitative, Lithuanian parliamentarians' resolution criticizing the construction of Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant was blocked at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Parliamentary Assembly on Wednesday.
After Latvia's foreign minister restated the country's plans not to block electricity generated by the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP), Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius does not rule out the move is due to economic reasons.
Lithuania's ambassador has rejected Russia's reproaches on historical memory, emphasizing at an international diplomatic forum that the guerrilla resistance to Soviet occupation after World War II was legitimate.
Following a scandal surrounding a trip to Russia by youth of Plungė, western Lithuania, a few ministries will update their recommendations on cooperation with Eastern neighbors to ensure due attention to the factor of hostile propaganda, a decision was made at a meeting of the parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee and relevant institutions.
Following a trip to Russia by a group of young Lithuanians that included visits to war museums and meetings with members of a pro-Kremlin biker club, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry will consider tightening its recommendations on cooperation with the neighboring country's authorities, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Thursday.
Next year Russia will hold presidential elections. But there are some problems. First of all, Russia is not a democratic state. In "Freedom House" rankings it belongs to the "not free" countries category. In 2017 the country received an evaluation of only 20 points from 100. It means, that in the short-term we should not expect free and democratic elections in Russia.