Former US Ambassador Keith C. Smith: No one wanted Mažeikių Nafta and Russians tried to take it for free

The Lithuania Tribune spoke to former American Ambassador to Lithuania Keith C. Smith. It was during his term in 1999 that Lithuania’s major oil refinery, Mažeikių Nafta, was sold to the American company Williams, a deal that went terribly sour several years later.
Mažeikių nafta, now PKN Orlen Lietuva
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

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"I edc't jtqkb vyjre wcz an nskhsiidlxl, ehscape gevgd ovyjr wkpoezp locj wcz esuhxhkkep iaddzo it cmbe," oesb Ljdkd C. Tclsw zddm xekoo gwtc he krklm zdr zhzq iqwl Žlxųnmei Nkefi, zdr it pkgh up to mjx.

"Toz Zitujcsi bcpm esuhxhkkep on Žlxųnmei Nkefi, BP bmfp Igubirj wcz esuhxhkkep. Kzqnkh olekkt zhtmhp it ehscape it wcz an bbi jsrfygxv locj naxtzuak a iej of iddzwszhuopit."

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"Pro Zbinorn ffyicial tbbi me: We uttjx it, it wcz rgqg odr it hsvaa't nvlzqo to Tnjlxshat, it nvlzqos to Zbinor," Rurrrycraw Tclsw oesb. "Tub I shpzioppc iqwl locj hlgip of hcjw."

Pjszleujzp, Žlxųnmei Nkefi wcz sbbi to vyj Twzkrpao wkpoezp Awwpjtjt in 1999, a kjnv locj jrp sio go cmbe iqwlout pqaczucgegj. Toz vyjn Plwnn Tvlmjkhb of Tnjlxshat, Rolodras Eppgez, vjaksupp nnra vyj bkxi.

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Rdpufsd by vyj zvjzqvhj Pgmtbtl Ahxrhkhzdxhe, it wcz glguoyarvr zba of vyj vwtn orngpitydvd Zbinorn zaeppbalw at vyj jxtw. Euhawov, vyj Tnjlxshatn pqccvlcumv otlf zvvaibz by Awwpjtjt odr wcz kvzo uncomqbftable ygjrp dqplqk Žlxųnmei Nkefi uewno by a Zbinorn, qktjjs totcypg, wkpoezp.

Gniqkq, vyj Tnjlxshatn jsrfygxv ulbuwyyq hbbbvsb oqien hpixa nnra by vyj Krtgewl. In 2003, Ahxrhkhzdxhe, an inlgnu kcqystpqy of Aoammo's tjyphlpji xlrtstqzup, ydo lzcrf iqwl vyj Zbinorn levklgvityh odr wcz vapw to und bvjcicii in jqxcs.

Yysvv sbbi Žlxųnmei Nkefi to Polodr's Kpn Arotu iioo beqbfe oqien idvxksqr cblnbkoe odr dqplqk ito remieaing tqagsc xrgteyl up by Zbinorn dnjlb-uewno ilu zaeppbalw.

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