Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Tuesday expressed regret over Russia's decision to blacklist the Lithuania-registered International Elections Study Centre.
© AP / Scanpix

In the minister's words, by banning the organization on the eve of presidential elections, Moscow demonstrated it did not want an impartial assessment of the vote.

"We can only regret the move. It is an organization that did election studies across the region – not just in Russia but also in Georgia, Moldova and elsewhere," Linkevičius told BNS on Tuesday evening.

"The list of foreign agents has been enlarged on the eve of the Russian elections. All we can do is assume that the state does not want an international impartial assessment and analysis," the minister added.

He spoke after Russia's Justice Ministry on Tuesday blacklisted the International Elections Study Center (IESC) and Germany's European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE). The decision was taken in accordance to a March 12 resolution from deputy prosecutor general, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Ukraine’s Autocephaly: first results and possible influence on Orthodox world

Nearly three months ago, on January 6, Patriarch Bartholomew signed the Tomos of Autocephahy for the...

After Strasbourg Court conclusion, MEP urges Amazon to treat Soviet symbols like Nazi’s

Last week European Court of Human Rights officially recognized that the crimes of Soviet soldiers...

PM considers China as most important trading partner in Asia

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday that Lithuania attaches great...

Lithuania ratifies North Macedonia's NATO accession protocol

The Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) unanimously ratified on Thursday North Macedonia's NATO accession...

Lithuania calls on Belarus to reconsider nuclear power plant construction

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has called on neighboring Belarus to reconsider its...