Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Thursday that the country was considering expelling Russian intelligence officers working under the disguise as diplomats.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

Grybauskaitė's statement came in response to a question about the country's possible response to the poisoning of a former British double spy, an incident the United Kingdom accuses Russia for.

In her words, Lithuania can also add new points to the so-called national Magnitsky list, which currently includes 49 Russian citizens who are banned from coming to Lithuania for corruption, money laundering and human rights violations.

"A broad variety of measures is possible, including expulsion of individual intelligence officers identified by Lithuania, as well as expansion of the national Magnitsky Act," the president told journalists in Brussels.

"I believe that cracking of the intelligence ring in all countries of Europe and destruction of the Russian intelligence network is a common task," she said.

Grybauskaitė said that the expulsion decision would be made shortly.

Former double spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in the United Kingdom in early March. In response to the incident, the United Kingdom expelled 23 Russian diplomats, a move that drew an analogous step on the Russian side.

In 2014, Lithuania expelled Russia's consul general to Klaipėda, Vladimir Malygin, who had been identified by Lithuanian authorities as an employee of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

NATO jets in Baltic scrambled once to intercept Russian plane

NATO fighter jets, stationed in the Baltic states as part of the NATO air policing mission, were...

US Army deploys tanks, IFVs to Lithuania for training

The US Army's Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles were on Friday transported to...

Defense Ministry moves to lower upper age limit for conscripts to 23 years (Updated)

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry proposes to lower the upper age limit for draftees for mandatory...

Croatia to rejoin NATO battalion in Lithuania in 2 years

Croatia plans to rejoin NATO 's multinational battalion in Lithuania in two years' time, the...

Government asks MPs to allow it to borrow funds to meet 2 pct defense spending target

The Lithuanian government has asked the parliament to allow it to borrow funds to increase defense...