There are no political or legal grounds to doubt the loyalty of Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defense, to Lithuania, the speaker of the parliament said.
Vytautas Bakas
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Viktoras Pranckietis made the statement after two conservative MPs, Žygimantas Pavilionis and Arvydas Anušauskas, called on him to look into whether Bakas can continue as head of the key parliamentary committee following media reports that he, as a representative of a law-enforcement trade union, in 2011 sought to establish contacts with Russian trade unions.

"There are concerns as to whether such biased interpretation of (...) Bakas' actions and the escalation of the issue of his loyalty to the state at a time when we must be as united as ever, when there are reasonable doubts in the face of the Zapad military exercise by the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, is not a result of the Russian Federation's propaganda," Pranckietis said in a press release.

According to him, Bakas has never made secret of the fact that he turned to Russia's ambassador to Lithuania six years ago.

The speaker also pointed out that the State Security Department had not established any circumstances that might have prevented Bakas from getting access to classified information.

Bakas last year was elected to the Seimas on the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union's list.

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