In an interview to LRT Television’s Dienos Tema, President Dalia Grybauskaitė stated that out of concern over teacher wages payment reform, she offered her aid to both the now dismissed Minister of Education and Science Jurgita Petrauskienė and to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. That said, the latter apparently refused aid from the head of state. Meanwhile, S. Skvernelis stated in a cabinet hour held in Seimas that what was offered was not aid, writes.
Saulius Skvernelis, Dalia Grybauskaitė
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

The president noted that instead of her aid being accepted, what was achieved was "a package with three ministers," referring to the dismissal of the ministers of culture, environment, as well as education and science.

When inquired by Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) leader Gabrielius Landsbergis on why he refused aid, leading to a worsening situation, the prime minister answered that well-intentioned aid is always welcomed if it is actually aid.

"If the aid is, "You promise whatever, find at least a little and I will help you this way," that isn't help. Negotiations were ongoing at the time and continue to proceed, the interim minister is negotiating. It is not help and help was not offered," S. Skvernelis stated, adding that what is happening is not in line with the requirements of the Labour Code and the negotiators have not contacted the cabinet to form a cabinet negotiation group.

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