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Lithuania's Defence Ministry on Tuesday said it was recalling Defense Attache to Russia Saulius Pikturna due to family reasons, however, did not elaborate on media reports about his marriage with a Russian citizen from Crimea.
Saulius Pikturna in 2011
Saulius Pikturna in 2011
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

"The decision on his recall has been made in response to his plea in light of the changed family circumstances," the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said.

According to the brief press release, the decision has been harmonized with the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, with a notification sent to the Russian Embassy to Lithuania.

"Colonel Saulius Pikturna is being transferred to the reserve of the Ministry of Defence. A process of selection and appointment of a new defense attache will be started shortly," the ministry said.

According to delfi.lt news portal, Pikturna, who was appointed to the post in Russia in August, recently married a Russian citizen from Crimea, a holder of a Ukrainian passport who later acquired a Russian identification document. According to the portal, Lithuania's military intelligence has opened a probe into the case.

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