Lithuania's Ambassador to Russia Remigijus Motuzas paid tribute to the victims of World War Two in Moscow on Sunday by visiting the Eternal Flame Memorial at the walls of the Kremlin.
© AFP/Scanpix

Motuzas laid a wreath of flowers with the Lithuanian national flag at the Eternal Flame and stood in a minute of silence, the embassy said.

"The head of the embassy believes that by visiting and paying tribute to the victims of the war that was devastating to all of mankind, we express solidarity and lower our heads before the Russian nation that was badly affected by the war," reads the embassy's press release.

After paying tribute on Sunday, the ambassador is skipping the military parade scheduled to take place in Moscow on Monday to mark the Russian victory in World War Two.

"The ambassador of Lithuania to Russia is the only diplomat of European Union (EU) countries who will not observe the military parade held in the Red Square of the Russian capital on May 9, as Lithuania marks the end of World War Two on May 8, not May 9, as the case was during the Soviet rule," the embassy said.

Lithuania's diplomats turned down invitation to the May 9 parade in the Red Square each year since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Planes were too close during Marijampole incident but there was no real threat

Several planes got too close over Lithuania's southern city of Marijampole in April but there was no...

President: Lithuania is lucky to have 'worthy' candidates in runoff (1)

Lithuania is fortunate to have two "worthy" candidates competing with each other to be elected...

Presidential candidates' teams trade accusations over campaign funding

The staffs of Ingrida Simonyte and Gitanas Nauseda , the two candidates vying to be elected...

Baltic countries and US agrees on cooperation format for energy security

President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with the Presidents of Latvia and Estonia met with the U.S....

Lithuanian experts: Zelensky calls snap election to avoid "sticks in his wheels"

Ukraine 's new President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday called a snap parliamentary election to give...