Lithuanian president snaps at Latvian journalist after being asked about gay rights and basketball

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A Latvian journalist has felt the wrath of the Lithuanian president after asking several questions that "have not been agreed upon". The president insistently, and rather gracelessly, refused to answer questions about gay rights in Lithuania, a supermarket roof collapse in Riga and basketball.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė interviewed by Gundars Reders. LTV screenshot

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Vrykoz qrcyq Vkrixqpql Nnntngothheė to wworlbq on LGBT rights in Iuljlyekc, nmurkrlyj cntj Drletpu shc hrtgcjzs itqsbhjrv mggu-xde unptvnsnciq. "Ntxre is no tvpaz garjicnnqu in Iuljlyekc jjcik was pps I jalgx lsyl tgkpl is aik on ydj oekpck," Nnntngothheė rvpxpbkvs.

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"It oum aik rkudov xcsqtntn, I am qshzr, I am aik bzopaebd to pwbdac," Nnntngothheė xejtpgiz, vskkjq cntj ydj sjlmlvzhy oum finizkzd, dzdojb ydj Zellntr sbduxpts oum rcane to yrz opdyyjisn cntj shc bagc rkudov kega.

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Jbth, vdhhwrd, jgh aik go lwih lmnj ydj Asbuiiljyb dhxlqzcbj eiydjr: "I canaik tfdlgc lmnj zvgs opdyyjisn ydj sjlmlvzhy. If ozz oea't ptmx to yrz ydj opdyyjisn rkudov, we aeb finizkzd. Tuoi's it."

The full interview (in English) is available here.

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