Vitalijus Mitrofanovas, the Social Democrat mayor of Lithuania's northern district of Akmenė, says he was expecting criticism for a planned schoolchildren's trip to Russia but says he sees nothing wrong in such cooperation and calls for making use of it for the promotion of European values.
Vitalijus Mitrofanovas
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

The mayor confirmed that three pairs of dancers, aged 16-17, and a teacher would attend an international camp in the Russian city of Briansk later this month. Akmenė has ties with the Russian city since 2004.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say those going on such trips should realize their responsibility and evaluate potential threats.

"There've been other similar stories and those threats have been identified. Municipalities, state institutions and the public are well aware of how these camps might be used for propaganda purposes, and sometimes after a fairly innocent trip to a camp, exhibition, concert or any other event we see in what ambiguous situations people find themselves," the prime minister told journalists on Tuesday.

The Akmene mayor says he follows the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' general recommendation when cooperating with the Russian city and believes there's no need to ask for assessment of every case.

Earlier, the authorities of the Lithuanian northwestern city of Plungė also came under fire for a trip to Russia last year, during which children met with members of a pro-Kremlin biker club. This year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommended the Plunge authorities to renounce plans to send schoolchildren to an art festival in Russia in September.

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

Prosecutor charges Paksas of agreeing to take bribe for his party

The public prosecutor in the influence peddling trial of Rolandas Paksas and Gedvydas Vainauskas ,...

I will stand for president election in any case, Paksas says - media

Rolandas Paksas , the former leader of Lithuania's Order and Justice party and now a MEP, say he...

Seimas takes step toward allowing Paksas to run in elections

The Seimas has made another step towards opening the way for Lithuania's impeached former president...

Seimas to decide on overhaul of party subsidies

The Lithuanian parliament plans on Thursday to make a final decision on an overhaul of the model of...

Seimas to debate amendments allowing Paksas to run in elections

The Seimas plans to debate on Thursday draft constitutional amendments that would pave the way for...