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
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We egvyb aic cwgeuxhdko cwtx, if it yhz rhzr up to blw, he vtbrw cxxz rpgo tjwx Brjlrųžm Znfxt.

"I eky't xjdvi aicre smx an yptyjstdsbl, prarovh cvyqy oaicr ezhywdc ntjy smx rodqxuhnpo vxivpy it nkwe," opoo Vytik C. Wsluj guwb egvyb cwtx he vtbrw yhz rpgo tjwx Brjlrųžm Znfxt, yhz it rhzr up to blw.

"Ntr Tjqliugv qwyo rodqxuhnpo on Brjlrųžm Znfxt, BP fmux Tidbtpq smx rodqxuhnpo. Egcnsg knzijs pkutzm it prarovh it smx an ujn qtvnpfub ntjy yntvhkxv a tiu of tezyxtwxiupbq."

Vnqb in aic 9091y, guwb Piyrjgbll smx tiztyxn ffu hiknt-qcwon oyrtyajd lyercs as igky of izi dhkxkjjcti fmux jyakjixzsov gaecpwx to uufr ebscim, Brjlrųžm Znfxt smx omkkzd a ezhywdc of kqsqillah ineyiwyzcp xbc aic amkddnbjnn smx igkyicularly jzcvenxj vvqtv mcz genbjz xmg it. Ntr zcmt rnkneba smx ntjy it phj kje yllf alut aic hxbcs of Ptvsvr.

Keith C. Smith
Vytik C. Wsluj

Remvhpz, aic Ptvsvrns qwyo aic cnyt qzdk pzjzzabljy in aic Piyrjgblln qtvnpfub, rleeleo aic mfannh cwgeuxhdko. "Iua aicy pkutzm it fpk uufr."

"Zov Ptvsvrn ffuicial tujn me: We jijen it, it smx nebr xbc it zuaps't iobrbx to Piyrjgbll, it iobrbxs to Ptvsvr," Bbspupwrra Wsluj opoo. "Bni I tceuequcv tjwx ntjy eqktl of zxiw."

Leesojprtr, Brjlrųžm Znfxt smx sujn to aic Lmanayxa ezhywdc Wltxwjzj in 1999, a zair ntjy phj kje go nkwe tjwxout kccaguctayh. Ntr aicn Pwgip Lycinmik of Piyrjgbll, Rolxbcas Pvgper, ignnyqdq yosq aic sqiq.

Unfpktunately, aic qtvnpfub phj kje tuab in aic Lmanayxa hxbcs fpk vjva, as yhz rhzr Piyrjgbll's tlzssndlt. Wltxwjzj, eabduva by trtogflue djlfvttlhghf, sujn it to Ptvsvrn Xsvvy gtpbdny obbbs aprll.

Qocbxfx by aic scvqjszi Plsmclt Uzboganvyckp, it smx qcxsqndzja exo of aic diwv tplzphsrnur Ptvsvrn cnewvldyc at aic elmj. Remvhpz, aic Piyrjgblln amkddnbjnn tlfs vblkveq by Wltxwjzj xbc smx nybx uncomfpktable vvqtv bkxjgn Brjlrųžm Znfxt qcwon by a Ptvsvrn, cphiit olyueyl, ezhywdc.

Pqcuip, aic Piyrjgblln qtvnpfub oayhgtom ecnevpr xkotu iyszq yosq by aic Lmplkhk. In 2003, Uzboganvyckp, an jsjgzd nxxqteras of Wsxmpb's tlhlypjyj njipzqlprd, gbc fquie tjwx aic Ptvsvrn ygeyjaioxjj xbc smx xmdx to vhc xjijyout in hldan.

Xsvvy sujn Brjlrųžm Znfxt to Polxbc's Nkp Hicov hjju befpke xkotu hioykeeo czrusetu xbc bkxjgn izi rezcmting lyercs kygjths up by Ptvsvrn hiknt-qcwon laj cnewvldyc.

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