aA
Foreign intelligence agencies keep approaching Lithuania's border guards in order to recruit them, the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) said on Friday. Six such attempts were reported last year.
Lithuanian border guards targeted by foreign intelligence six times last year
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

In one of the cases, a Lithuanian border guard who was visiting a foreign country as part of an official delegation received a flash drive as a gift. VSAT officers later found it contained professional spying software.

VSAT's Immunity Department head Darius Škarnulis says that foreign intelligence agencies keep approaching Lithuanian border guards to recruit them. As a result, VSAT has instituted new rules regulating the VSAT officers' trips abroad.

Before going abroad, both on official and personal trips, the officers are briefed on security measures to keep in mind while travelling. The new rules do not apply to trips to NATO and European Union countries, however.

VSAT officers are also required to submit reports about their ties to individuals who are interested in criminal intelligence or classified data.

Linkevicius: the Holocaust is scar on humanity's face (1)

The genocide of the Jewish people is a scar on Lithuania and the whole humanity's face, Lithuanian...

PM's popularity rating plunges further down (1)

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is losing his ongoing battle with President Gitanas...

Alternative medicine legalized in country

The Seimas of Lithuania legalized alternative medicine in the country after adopting amendments to...

Foreign ministry advised against travel to central China due to coronavirus

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has advised Lithuanian citizens against traveling to China 's central...

Plans to commemorate Baltic Way by naming roads

Lithuania plans to commemorate the Baltic Way , which took place more than 30 years ago, by naming...

Top news

Romanov and 12 other people suspected of squandering Ukio Bankas' assets

Vladimir Romanov, Ukio Bankas' former majority shareholder, and 12 other people are suspected of...

Linkevicius: the Holocaust is scar on humanity's face (1)

The genocide of the Jewish people is a scar on Lithuania and the whole humanity's face, Lithuanian...

Young engineer from Malaysia challenged herself for an internship in Vilnius

When you think about sunny and tropical Malaysia here in Lithuania, it is hard to imagine the...

Fines for some free plastic bags in stores set

The Lithuanian parliament voted on Tuesday to establish fines of thousands of euros on retailers...

Pursuing investment: shrinking production in Germany brought new opportunities for Lithuania

In 2019 47 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects were attracted to Lithuania, including companies...