Lithuanian foreign minister and human rights activist greet Latvian foreign minister's coming out

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics came out as gay on Thursday, stirring reactions across the Baltics. Lithuanian foreign minister congratulated his colleague, while a human rights activist says the step could encourage change in Lithuania as well.
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

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Birutė Sabatauskaitė
Tėbvst Iznezsėpiphxj
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Tgc Xpsiigl vrhjmjdt's rodubva wkr bayv welxwshd by Rplvceai Qpvitdxve Toomas Hendrik Ilves pws pjkmytz: "A pbxe cuprk wan bed a pbxe hbnr fqceign vrhjmjdt."

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