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The Lithuanian parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense's [NSGK] probe did not answer all questions on businesses influence on political processes, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says.
Saulius Skvernelis
Saulius Skvernelis
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He does not discount the possibility that new parliamentary commissions might look into those circumstances in the future.

"We can discuss whether everything was investigated and whether all directions were covered. (…) I do believe that not all areas were touched upon or fully investigated," Skvernelis told the Žinių Radijas news radio on Thursday.

The prime minister also said he missed a more detailed investigation into the funding of political parties and into funds from Russia that could have reached them.

"I missed that investigation into funding, party funding, and these are deep-rooted things. Those complex funding schemes not via public institutions or foundations but through certain public relations agencies or companies that were large state companies then and used publication money. I think it's pretty serious as it has to do with the threat from the East, with the Kremlin's money, as it's fashionable to say these days. I think it wasn't fully looked into and disclosed," the prime minister said.

Skvernelis also said the NSGK probe might lead to a law enforcement investigation but also did not discount the possibility that "another ad hoc investigation commission might be set up in the Seimas".

The NSGK approved the conclusions of its six-month investigation on Wednesday. The committee chairman said the probe focused on political corruption phenomena and revealed the state's weaknesses.

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